Friday, February 12, 2016

They Will Surf Again

Volunteer effort uses action sports, such as surfing, to push the boundary of possibility for young people whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injury.

They Will Surf Again


Volunteers — twice as many as last summer — from Philadelphia’s largest physical and cognitive rehabilitation center will be donating their time on Saturday, June 15, for an event in Wildwood Crest called “They Will Surf Again” that gets patients with spinal cord injuries into the ocean and riding the waves again.

Using special, adaptive surf boards, as many as 40 MossRehab therapists, on their own time, will share their professional expertise by hitting the beach at Rambler Road in Wildwood Crest between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The group, which also includes other MossRehab staff and supporters, will aid participants with disabilities to get up and down the beach, get in and out of wetsuits, and will assist surfers as they ride the waves, said Chad DeSatnick, one of the organizers for the event.

“We’re thrilled to have an organization like MossRehab involved with us again this year,” said DeSatnick. “To have actual therapists who can physically handle people with disabilities with the proper techniques, and dignity, say if a surfer falls off their board, makes the experience that much better for (the) surfers.”

“They Will Surf Again” is a flagship program of Life Rolls On, a nonprofit group that serves as a resource and advocate for young people whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injury. Life Rolls On uses action sports to push the boundary of possibility for those with such injuries.

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Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

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