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Victims of paralysis go surfing with community's help

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Victims of paralysis proved this weekend that nothing can stop them from hitting the waves at Wrightsville Beach.

Community surfers came together with the support of "Life Rolls On," a non-profit organization, to host the event "They Will Surf Again" where teams of surfers take participants out into the water.

"You are putting your life in someone else's hand 100%," said Ocean Cure President and surfer Kevin Murphy. "If you do not have control over your arms, or you are a quadriplegic and you do not have any control, it is all up to the person who is behind you paddling you in. The confidence in faith they have in us is tremendous."

Participants ages 7 to 74 traveled from as far away as Florida to surf in the event. Over one hundred volunteers supported them all the way.

Volunteers say beaches are not very handicap accessible, so it is nice to help everyone enjoy the beach. Parents say the event is uplifting and gives people suffering from paralysis confidence to reach out and do other things.

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The coolest event

I think this is one of the coolest events they have in WB.
Any time you put a handicapped person in a situation that is fun while making it safe is a great thing and the handicapped person typically responds with delight and forever being thankful for the opportunity.
Very nicely done volunteer surfers....

Vog

Sorry I wasn't there to help

I volunteered last year, and it was such an uplifting experience. I'm sure I got as much out of it as the participants. Glad to see there were plenty of volunteers there. I just didn't hear about it until two days ago or I would have been clanging bells and blowing whistles to get turnout, not only volunteers but participants as well. It's so humbling to be in the presence of a group who have given so much for our country. I hope they had a greater participant turn out and that it continues to grow. I can still see the smiles on those participants' faces and it brings tears to my eyes. God bless you all: organizers, participants and volunteers!