Fifth Surfers Healing camp on Folly expected to draw twice as many children with autism
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Wednesday is the day that the local surfing and autism communities have been working toward, planning and raising money for during the past year.
The fifth annual Surfers Healing day camp, conducted by founder Izzy Paskowitz and some of the most renown surfers in the world, will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on the beach in front of The Tides hotel on Folly Beach.
The Folly Beach camp is the last on a summer tour of the East Coast.
Local organizers said families of 200 children with autism have signed up, twice as many as previous years, and that does not include those who are on a waiting list.
And while professional surfers take the children out to surf, volunteers are needed to help and are encouraged to visit the local Surfers Healing Facebook page. A volunteer application form is available at http://ssc.surfesa.org.
Surfers Healing offers a chance to help families have an extraordinary day at the beach. Surfers, included world record wave rider Garrett McNamara, give children with autism an opportunity to ride the waves, an event that Paskowitz knows first-hand is enriching. One of his children has autism.
Meanwhile, another surfing legend, Izzy’s father, Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, who is 91, is planning to attend the event on Folly Beach for the first time, according to organizer Nancy Hussey.
For those who don’t know about the colorful Paskowitz family, the 2007 documentary “Surfwise” is well worth seeing.
Following the event, a Surfer’s Healing “banquet” will be 6-8 p.m. at Blu restaurant. The fee to attend is $5. Izzy Paskowitz will be signing his new book, “Scratching the Horizon,” that is hot off the presses. And entertainment will include belly dancers.
Team in Training
Since 1988, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program has helped more than half a million people complete marathons, half-marathons and triathlon and raised $1.2 billion for cancer research and support.
The local society will hold several information meetings in the coming week about training for an array of events this winter, including the Honolulu Marathon on Dec. 9; the Walt Disney World Marathon Jan. 12-13 in Orlando, Fla.; the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon and the inaugural LLS Hero-thon in San Antonio, Texas, both on Jan. 27; and the Myrtle Beach Marathon and Half on Feb. 16.
Local LLS coordinator Jade Lawson adds that the meetings will provide information on “flex” teams.
Drop-in formatted meetings will be 4-8 p.m. today at Panera Bread at the Tanger Outlets in North Charleston and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at Starbucks, 730 Coleman Blvd., in Mount Pleasant.
A “trial mile” will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Colonial Lake, 48 Ashley Ave. The kick-off to the fall training program will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the MUSC Wellness Center, 45 Courtenay Ave.
Daniel Island No. 4
The fourth and final race in the Daniel Island Twilight Fun Run 5K Series will be 6:30 p.m. today at Bishop England High School on Daniel Island.