Local surfers and volunteers give children with autism the chance to experience the water

Autism Surfer
Thousands flocked to the beach for a day dedicated to children and their families who experience the day-to-day challenges of autism.

“We registered our limit of 200 participants from several different states in record time,” said Don Ryan, president of Surfers for Autism, Inc. “We registered 300 volunteers online and had another seventy-five show up today. Sixteen restaurants are catering today for free.”

“It’s fun,” said 9-year-old Mackenzie Herrick, who wasted no time getting back on the board every time she fell off. Standing up on the surfboard, she raised her arms in the air to celebrate as she rode a wave toward shore.

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