About 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Drew Kenny arrived at the Huntington Beach Pier. How did he get there? On a stand-up paddleboard. Where did he leave from? Catalina Island.
Just what would inspire the 42-year-old Huntington Beach consultant to paddle 26 miles?
Five-year-old Katelyn Divis.
She attends Smith Elementary School with Kenny's son. And she's been blind since birth.
When Kenny heard that the Divis family had planned to raise money to travel to China for cutting-edge stem cell procedures in the hope of correcting the condition, he decided to make the strenuous trip as a charitable cause mission for the child. Two of his friends, former San Francisco 49er Tom Cavallo and Gary Sinclair, decided to join him.
So they set off at 6:30 a.m. Sunday from Catalina, three men on a mission to help a little girl see.
Shortly after arriving ashore, Kenny told me he felt "euphoric" and "energized."