Freedom Beyond Paralysis


SURF’S UP FOR SOME PEOPLE WHO WOULDN’T NORMALLY HAVE THE CHANCE TO RIDE THE WAVE. Reporter: IT’S A FAMILY BEACH DAY FOR OLLIE AND HIS DAD. YOU WANT TO DO IT GOOD EN? [ LAUGHTER ] Reporter: FOR NICK, IT IS A REINTRODUCTION TO ROCKAWAY BEACH. THE WATER FELT VERY NICE. IT WAS BETTER THAN THINK CUP OF COFFEE YOU EVER HAD TO WAKE YOU UP. Reporter: FOR SHANNON, IT’S FREEDOM. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE DONE IT SINCE I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GO TO THE BEACH AT ALL. THIS IS GREAT. Reporter: THE NAME OF THE EVENT SAYS IT ALL. THEY WILL SURF AGAIN. THAT’S THE GOAL FOR THE FOUNDATION “LIFE ROLLS ON” AND ITS FOUNDER JESSE. A LOT OF THE PEOPLE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT 20 TO 30 MINUTES FOR 364 DAYS. Reporter: AFTER BREAKING HIS NECK IN A SURFING ACCIDENT, BILL AN AVID CALIFORNIA SURFER STARTED THE PROGRAM TO GET ADAPTIVE ATHLETES RIDING THE WAVES FROM THE ATLANTIC, THE PACIFIC, AND BEYOND. WE STARTED IN CALIFORNIA. NOW WE DO EVENTS IN FLORIDA, NORTH CAROLINA, NEW JERSEY, VIRGINIA, NEW YORK, NOVA SCOTIA. Reporter: IT IS THE SECOND YEAR MARGARET WAS ABLE TO STAND AT THE SHORELINE AS HER SON HAS THE TIME OF HIS LIFE. IT’S UNDESCRIBABLE THE FEELING I GET TO WATCH MY SON ON SOMETHING I THOUGHT HE WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO DO. HERE HE IS SURFING, AND HE’S BLIND AND NONVERBAL. HE LOVED IT. HE WAS LAUGHING AND GIGGLING. Reporter: IT’S A LIGHT THAT SHINES IN THE FACES OF VOLUNTEERS AND STAFFER AS LIKE. YOU CAN DO MANY OTHER THINGS WHEN YOU CAN DO THINGS LIKE THAT THAT YOU THOUGHT WERE UNLIKELY. Reporter: IT IS A FREE EVENT FOR PARTICIPANTS WHO SAY THIS

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