By Stephen Florino
(KHNL) -- A big name local surfer needs help and her surf ohana stepped up to do what they can.
In the water, Jeannie Chesser is known for surfing the waves, but on land she is battling cancer. To help with that fight, her friends organized a special fundraiser.
The goal -- to raise money. But it also raised Jeannie's spirits as she continues her fight.
All pieces of surf history.
All donated, and sold to help a longtime member of Hawaii's surfing community.
"I appreciate all the help and wonderful stuff that people have done," said Chesser. "The surfing community is an unbelievable community of people. We're all like ohana, so it's really great."
Chesser just finished radiation and chemotherapy treatments for cancer. She's been out of work for seven months, so friends organized this fundraiser to help.
"She's one of us," said Louisa Ngum, of Honey Girl Swimsuits. "Fellow surfer, and she needed help with her bills. So we're all here today, selling
whatever we can and donating towards her cause."
"Cancer is devastating to anyone," said Sheradan Harvey. "It's great her family, and friends and everyone gets together and tries to support her in this way."
This helps her financially, but the outpouring of love and support is priceless. And knowing she's not alone in her fight helps Jeannie get back to doing the things she loves.
"I wake up in the morning and go surfing again," said Chesser. "That's pretty much my whole, my main thing -- just to be able to get back in the water and go surfing."
"More surf and less work -- that's my philosophy," said Chesser.
Friends have also set up an account in Jeannie's name.
Donations are accepted at First Hawaiian Bank, Kahala branch under "Da Friends of Jeannie Chesser."