Help a Friend in Need

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For more than 20 years, Donald Ritter has been helping locals ride the waves of Breezy Point as owner of the Breezy Point Surf Shop. Now he can use a wave of support.

In April 2017, Ritter was diagnosed with Stage 3B non-small cell lung cancer, which which is inoperable at this time. The diagnosis has not only been an emotional and physical struggle for Ritter and his wife, Casey, and their kids, Colton, 3, and Dawson, 1, but also a financial burden with medical expenses. Ritter has been undergoing chemo and radiation therapy, five days a week, which leaves him in constant pain and with very swollen feet, making working difficult.

Ritter has always been active in Breezy Point. He has owned the Surf Shop for 26 years and has always been one to donate to causes in need. He was also a volunteer EMT/Ambulance driver for many years with the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance Corps. Now Ritter and his family could use some help. Neighbors have organized a GoFundMe page for Ritter. Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/donaldritterfriendinneed. For those who would like to send a check instead, contact Maura Buckley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 917-855-4683.

On August 26, there will also be a Friend in Need Benefit for Ritter at 7:30 p.m. at the Colony Theater in Breezy. Admission will be $20 at the door and there will be auctions, 50/50, live music by Kerry Kearney & Friends and it is BYOB. If anyone would like to donate raffle prizes, contact Maura Buckley.

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