Local Charity_ Surfers Healing_ a Foundation for Autism_ Needs Local Support to Receive _1 Million from Chase

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   NonProfit and Charities News

   PRESS        RELEASE:
   Local Charity, Surfers Healing, a Foundation for Autism, Needs
   Local Support to Receive $1 Million from Chase
   Wed, 28 Nov 2012, 18:43:29 EST

   SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., Nov. 28, 2012 (SEND2PRESS
   NEWSWIRE) -- Surfers Healing, a non-profit working to enrich the
   lives of children with autism by exposing them to the unique
   experience of surfing, is competing for grants ranging from $125,000
   to $1 Million through the American Giving Awards, presented by
   Chase. Residents can help ensure their favorite charity's success by
   simply voting for Surfers Healing through the American Giving Awards
   program on Facebook.

   Twenty-five past Chase Community Giving grant recipients - 5
   charities in 5 categories - have been chosen to participate. Surfers
   Healing will compete in the Champions of Health & Wellness category.
   Fans are being asked to vote for their favorite charity. Voting will run
   until Midnight ET, December 4, 2012.

   The charity with the most votes in their respective category will receive $1 million, runner up will receive $500,000, 3rd place
   will receive $250,000, and 4th and 5th place will each receive $125,000 grants.

   "Every year we take over 3,500 autistic children who normally suffer from sensory overload and give them the profoundly
   healing experience of surfing at no charge," said Co-Founder, Izzy Paskowitz.

   "For some kids, this experience becomes a rare moment of calm and connection. Every year we have to turn families away.
   Even $125,000 would allow us to reach many more autistic kids with this life changing experience."

   About Autism:

   Autism is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. When Isaiah
   Paskowitz, son of Izzy and Danielle, was born, one in every 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism. Today, the CDC
   estimates 1 in every 88 children are identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Currently there is no cure for autism.

   Surfers Healing is competing with 24 charities across the country for these grants from Chase. With the support of our
   volunteers, fans and local residents, Surfers Healing has the opportunity to get much needed resources to continue their work.


   "Surfing with Izzy was the greatest experience for my autistic grandson," said Patricia Bagley. "The expression of joy on his
   face when he rode the waves in was priceless."

   Ann Gunderson, mother of a non verbal autistic son, said, "It is incredibly heartwarming to see him out there. It brings a sense
   of normalcy to our family."




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   Michael Eisenstein said, "The self esteem and physical self awareness that Surfers Healing helps develop is a wonderful tool
   for kids all along the spectrum of autism. I saw a few kids crying before going out on the boards, I only saw big grins when they
   came in."

   Toni Dicorato-Bitonti, parent of an autistic child, said "This was our first time and it was truly the best day of our lives."

   How You Can Help:

   You can help Surfers Healing receive up to $1 million by visiting the Chase Community Giving Facebook page at:
   https://apps.facebook.com/americangivingawards/charity/view/id/20 and cast your vote. You may need to allow the Chase app
   to connect to your Facebook. Follow the directions until "Thank you for voting!" pops up.

   If you have questions about Surfers Healing, visit our website at http://www.surfershealing.org/ .

   About Surfers Healing:

   Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three.
   Isaiah suffered from sensory overload. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive
   surfer, Israel hit upon an idea. With Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day
   surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. They decided to share this unique therapy with other autistic
   children and expose them to a completely new experience of surfing.

   Surfers Healing (www.surfershealing.org) offers events in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada. On a typical day, around
   200 autistic children gather at the beach with their families for surfing, food, fun and goodie bags. At their scheduled time, each
   autistic child gets to surf, one on one, with one of our passionate and expert volunteers. Lunch and refreshments are available
   for the whole family. All of this is provided at no charge.

   Not only do the autistic children receive the therapeutic experience of surfing, but the whole family has a beautiful day at the
   beach filled with acceptance and empathy. It's one of the only days that they don't have to worry about stares from people that
   don't understand what it's like living with autism. Surfers Healing is not a cure, but hopefully our surf camps will help raise
   awareness of autism and through local press and television coverage that might someday lead to a cure.


   NEWS SOURCE: Surfers Healing Foundation, Inc.

   Send2Press® is the originating wire service for this story.



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