While most of the sandcastle loving world had their attention pointed toward the B Street Pier in downtown San Diego this weekend for the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge, three-year-old Madeline Sutton came to Imperial Beach where volunteers made Dr. Seuss-themed sand sculptures especially for her.
Sutton was diagnosed with leukemia one year ago and as part of a vacation to San Diego arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, about 50 volunteers combined three of her favorite things: sand, the beach and Lorax.
The trip to Imperial Beach Saturday was part of a five-day vacation to San Diego for the three-year-old from Anaheim and her family. Sutton, her siblings, mom and grandma also made trips to Legoland and the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge this weekend.
About 50 volunteers from the Imperial Beach Fire Department, Imperial Beach-South Bay Kiwanis Club, Mar Vista High School Key Club, Mar Vista High School Navy Junior ROTC and a Coronado High School student made the sculptures Saturday morning, said Shirley Nakawatase, who helps make sandcastle wishes come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Lorax's eyebrows were made of Swiffer dusters, his mustache from felt similar to a Santa Claus beard and eyes from cooking tablespoons.