I recently spent a good part of the day with Brandon and his parents documenting his day at the beach with the Ride a Wave Foundation. Brandon is 25 years old, a quadriplegic with Cerebral Palsy, doesn't talk, and has to have total care. He has been surfing for 15 years.
Ride a Wave is a 100% volunteer run organization based in Santa Cruz who's mission is to give children with special needs the chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave and experience a safe, fun-filled day at the beach, whether they are physically, developmentally or economically challenged. Check out what they do here - http://www.rideawave.org/
In the short time I spent with Brandon I was amazed by his fearlessness in the ocean, his incredible smile and bright personality. He is loved by the community and seems to bring people together wherever he goes. I think we could all learn something from him.