Surf dog Ricochet & quadriplegic Patrick Ivision fundraise
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 September, 2009 : - - Ricochet, (Rip Curl Ricki,) the 2nd place overall winner of the 2009 Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-a-thon, will be taking to the waves with Patrick Ivison, a 15 year old spinal cord injured adaptive surfer this Saturday, September 26th at 12:00 noon at Huntington Dog Beach.
On the corner of Goldenwest and Pacific Coast Highway to practice for their tandem demonstration at the upcoming Surf City Surf Dog event which is part of Ricochet's fundraising activities for Patrick. Ricochet has been busy leading this fundraising campaign through her Surfinâ for Paws-abilities program.
When she approached Jodi Book and Lisa Scolman from Book that Event about raising funds for Patrick at their dog surfing contest, she was not only met with approval, but they added Patrick as one of their official charity partners. This past August, Ricochet and Patrick got together to try tandem surfing for the first time, and completed the first known tandem surf ride between an adaptive surfer and a dog.
When Book & Scolman heard the news, they invited Ricochet and Patrick to demonstrate their new skills at their Surf City Surf Dog event on October 11th, 2009. Ricochet will also be competing in the large dog category of the surf competition. Patrick suffered a C4/5 spinal cord injury as a result of an un-insured driver backing a car over him, when he was a child.
Patrick was diagnosed quadriplegic, and has used a wheelchair ever since, but is able to surf using an adaptive surfboard. Patrick attends an intense physical therapy program three times a week at Project Walk, which helps him build strength by exercising parts of his body he cant move or control on his own.
Since Patrick started therapy, he has been able to do things he never thought he could! Check out this video of him walking with the assistance of a walker and therapist! . Patrick is also in the process of getting a service dog which will give him more independence.
Ricochet was slated to be a service dog for people with disabilities through Puppy Prodigies Neo-natal & Early Learning program. But, because she has a strong drive to chase birds and other small animals, which could be dangerous to a person with a disability, she had to be released from that part of the program.
A new fundraising initiative Surfin for Paws-abilities was carved out for Ricochet, and she went from service dog to SURFice dog, and is now fundraising for charitable causes like spinal cord injured, Patrick Ivison.
Ricochet's fundraising efforts will offset the very high costs of Patricks physical therapy and service dog which aren't covered by insurance. She is also looking for corporate sponsors that will provide a grant/donation to reach her fundraising goals. To become a corporate sponsor or make a donation, click here.
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