Ricochet to help in program for people with disabilities
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 August, 2014 - San Diego - Surf Dog Ricochet the SURFice dog, has taken on a new role as an ambassador for Life Rolls On, They Will Surf Again (TWSA) program for people with disabilities.
A position she will celebrate at the next TWSA event on August 23rd, 2014 at 9TH street beach in Huntington Beach where she will surf with several of the 100 participants with disabilities. She will also present four new beach wheelchairs which were purchased with over $8000 that her Facebook supporters helped fund.
Ricochet is already very well regarded in the disabled community, and best known for her self-chosen work as the only only SURFice dog® in the world who surfs with people with disabilities, children with special needs, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD as an assistive aid.
Ricochet has been supporting Life Rolls On for the last five years But, this new role gives her the opportunity to surf with participants and be part of the mission. It’s a perfect collaboration that embodies the same purpose of inspiring, bringing people together and changing lives.
Ricochet was named an Ambassador for Life Rolls On by Founder and Executive Director, Jesse Billauer. “It's an honor and a privilege to have Ricochet as an ambassador for Life Rolls On. The pure joy that she brings to the beach is everything that we stand for. The inspiration that she provides is truly a priceless experience for not only our adaptive surfers, but for all of our volunteers as well. Welcome to the LROhana Ricochet!!!” said Billauer.
When Billauer was 17 and on the verge of becoming a professional surfer, he was pushed headfirst into a shallow sandbar, fracturing his neck. Billauer sustained a C-6 complete spinal cord injury, which resulted in quadriplegia. He lost the ability to walk and had limited mobility of his arms and hands. Billauer left the hospital and immediately knew two things: he had to surf again and he had to help others be inspired to follow their passions.
With that, Life Rolls On was born with a mission to improve the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Their signature program, TWSA is a series of bi-coastal events that empowers paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom of mobility by riding a wave with the assistance of adaptive equipment and the support of hard working volunteers.
As a Life Rolls On Ambassador, Ricochet will attend events and be another form of assistance to participants in and out of the water, while providing a unique and powerful kinship. She will also work to raise more awareness of spinal cord injuries, the TWSA program and adaptive surfing. She will focus her outreach on her large platform of social media followers in an effort to garner more support for Life Rolls On activities and mission. She will also fundraise from time to time in an effort to fulfill a specific need.
“Being asked if Ricochet could serve as a Life Roll’s On TWSA Ambassaor is truly an honor,” said Judy Fridono, Ricochet’s guardian. “The chance to make a greater difference in the lives of those with disabilities is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Helping others is something so inextricably linked with who Ricochet is, so deeply engrained in her soul and rooted in my heart that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I’m eager to see how Ricochet’s distinctive abilities will impact the lives of those she surfs and interacts with, as she is nurtured by the loving environment of Life Rolls On.”