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MossRehab, the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient physical and cognitive rehabilitation in the Philadelphia region has a simple but strong motto when it comes to helping persons with physical disabilities: Challenge Accepted.
So when organizers of They Will Surf Again—a free, one-day event that gets people with spinal cord injuries into the ocean and riding waves with the help of volunteers and special, adaptive surf boards—asked MossRehab therapists to share their professional expertise on their personal time, they simply accepted the challenge.
On Saturday, June 16, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm a volunteer corps of MossRehab therapists, staff and supporters will hit the beach at Rambler Road in Wildwood Crest NJ, to help 36 registered participants with disabilities get up and down the beach, in and out of wetsuits and will assist surfers in the water as they ride the waves.
“We’re thrilled to have an organization like MossRehab involved with us,” said Chad DeSatnick who organizes They Will Surf Again events in New Jersey. “We’re never short on volunteers, but 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 for instance, makes the experience that much better for surfers.”
The public is invited to attend the event, meet volunteers and surfers and learn about living with disabilities.
They Will Surf Again is the flagship program of Life Rolls On, a non-profit that serves as a resource and advocate for young people whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injury (SCI). Life Rolls On utilizes action sports to push the boundary of possibility for those with SCIs.