SURFERS HEALING 2007
22 Sep 2007
Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite.
A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.
This year, Surfers Healing hit Virginia Beach. 165 families participated in the event, making it a huge success. Gosling’s Rums were proud to be sponsor of the Friday night Lu-au.
CNN captured inspiring video footage of the Surfers Healing team and participants during their day at Virginia Beach. Please follow this link to view Surfers Healing 2007.
For further information on Surfers Healing, please visit www.surfershealing.org.