Just wanted to share a note from my friend Jesse Billauer founder of Life Rolls On regarding what his wavejet has done for him. If you are not aware of Jesse's story here is a little background -
On March 25, 1996, on the verge of becoming a professional surfer, Jesse Billauer was surfing at his local break at Zuma Beach in California when he was pushed headfirst into the shallow sandbar, fracturing his neck. Billauer sustained a C-6 complete spinal cord injury, which resulted in quadriplegia. He lost the ability to walk and had limited mobility of his arms and hands. Jesse left the hospital and immediately knew two things: he had to surf again and he had to help others be inspired to follow their passions.
Below is a quote from Jessee describing his wavejet and what is has done for him!!! There is also a video of Jessee riding the waves on his wavejet in California.
"Catching big waves with the help of my @wavejet that was shaped by @cisurfboards is one of the most amazing feelings in the world. I lost my independence when I broke my neck back in 1997, but I recently regained some independence when I got a jet propelled surfboard that allows me to catch waves by myself (for the most part that is) I am forever grateful for all of my friends, family and sponsors for supporting me and my love for the sport of surfing."
So please continue to give, share this with others, and help us get another wavejet to bring independence to others who have suffered a spinal chord injury.
As all of you know we have reached our goal and Nathan and Patrick are getting their boards, but there were some people who still wanted to contribute to this great cause. So I have raised the amount on this page to accomodate that wish. I am also hoping that with this new goal we will be able to buy a third wavejet and be able to give it to another surfer who has suffered a spinal chord injury!!!! So please help make this a reality............
I am very proud to say that even though we are a little shy of our goal, Nathan & Patrick will be meeting with WaveJet next week to start work on their CUSTOM MADE WAVEJETS! There are so many people involved in making this possible and I would like to thank them. First, I would like to thank Tom Kirk. I had this crazy idea one day to raise money for Patrick and Nathan to get WaveJets. When I had let Nathan know about my idea, I got a call from Tom asking what he could do and how to get it done. That was the moment I had to put this half brain idea into action. Without Tom's push I am not sure if we would be here today and because of that I am forever grateful to Tom. Second, I would like to thank Kelly Virgulto from WaveJet. She has been on board since day one and she has gone above and beyond to make this happen. Thank you Kelly for all your support, multiple donations, and for making this happen. Last, and most importantly, I want to thank ALL of you. Without you none of this would have been possible and I am overwhelmed by the generosity you have all shown. Your support has proved people can make a difference in other's lives even with something as small as a $5 donation. As we are still a little shy of our goal, please share this with friends and family to help us support Patrick & Nathan. Again, any amount, great or small, will be appreciated. Because of your incredible support, once their boards are finished, we will be having a huge party for Patrick and Nathan. Details about date and location will be sent once everything is finalized. Again, thank you so much and the next time you hear from me will be to let you know where the guys will be taking their boards out for a surf!!!!!
We are so close to reaching our goal!!! Who out there would like to help us out.......................
This day has just been unbelievable. We are only 22% away from our total goal!!! Keep those donations coming!!!!!!!!!
Wow - What can I say we have gotten two INSANE donations today which has pushed us over the 61% of our goal. Please if you haven't donate to this great cause. Again even if it is just FIVE dollars evry bit counts and gets us closer to our goal!!!! Thanks again and can't wait to get these guys in the surf on their new WAVEJET boards!!!
I would first like to start this off by saying Happy New Year to everyone. I am sure most of you have held on to those New Years resolutions you made or perhaps not, but regardless I am sure you have all decided to give a little more in 2014. So here is your opportunity to do just that. As all of you know we are trying to raise enough money to help 3 paralyzed surfers get jet powered surfboards. This will allow them to go surfing on their own and ride bigger and better waves. This is very expensive, but due to the generousity of Wavejet we can make this happen. So again we are only asking (if you haven't already) to donate like $5, $10, $25 or even more. What ever you can give is all we ask. Every little bit helps and gets us one step closer to our goal. So please DONATE and PASS this along to everyone you know as well. Thank you so much.
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and you were able to spend it with family and friends!!!! Just a little FYI for everyone on this list. Tomorrow is Nathan's birthday and I am sure I speak for him than nothing more would make his birthday than to get some donations on here!!! So perhaps we can reach 5K (6K would be better), by the end of Nathan's birthday tomorrow. Again I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!!!!
On behalf of Nathan, Patrick, Tom and myself we would like to thank you for your generous donations and wish you all a happy and safe holidays!!!
We are almost halfway to our goal with all of your help. I am confident that after the new year we will be able to reach our goal and have these guys in the water by spring.
I first would like to thank everyone that has help us out with raising money so far. Even with as little as a five dollar donation, we have been able to raise over $4,000 to date. Now I know Christmas is right around the corner but it is "the season to start giving" and what better way to give than helping us raise money to get these wavejets for the boys!!!! So please take a moment and donate (any amount), than secondly like it on your facebook page, and lastly share it with all your firends and family. We can't begin to thank you for helping us out and I know with everyones support and help we will reach our goal!!!!!!
Things are going good but we have slowed down a bit. With some help from all of you sharing this lets see if we can get to $4,000 today!!!!!
I just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. What better way to give thanks than to give to someone in need. So please don't forget to pass this out to all your family and friends and help these two guys get in the water!!! Every little bit counts!!!!!
With a couple of fantastic donations early this morning we just crossed over the 3,000 dollar mark!!! My goal is to hit 5,000 dollars by the end of the week. I know we can do it so please help us out by giving any amount possible, but also by sharing this with everyone you know. We will get this done!!!!
We just went over $2,500 so I just wanted to send out a thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We are doing a fantastic job, but I also wanted to make sure that people are aware of something as well. We are all raising this money for Nathan and Patrick to get Wavejets so they can surf, but if it was not for the support and generous giving of Wavejet none of this would have even been possible. I just want to again thank Kelly and the whole crew at Wavejet for all of their support. With their continued generosity and support I know we will reach our goal. Please continue to pass this along and share with your friends and family!!!
It is Friday and I am sure that means it is Payday for a lot of us. So why not spread some love and donate to this great cause!!! Let's make this one of the biggest days we have had for this campaign so far!!!! I am hoping we can reach at least $2500 by the end of the day!!! Who is with me????
We just hit$2,000.00 in less than a week - I am super stoked right now!!! I truly believe tomorrow is going to be an even bigger day!!!!
We are only 80 dollars away from reaching 2000 dollars. That would mean we have reached 5% of our goal in less than a week. This is so awesome. Now I have noticed a lot of people have liked the FB page but how about, as well as, liking the page you donate $5. That is less than the price of a Starbucks coffee. Come on we all can afford $5 heck maybe even a little bit more. So what do you say help us out and I promise you will be glad you did!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have to say I am pretty excited to say since Friday morning when we officially opened this campaign we have raised over $1,100.00. Not a bad three days, but as happy as I am for that we are still $9,000.00 away from the goal. So please do what you can and again if it is only $5.00 that is just fine (we would love more but $5.00 is better than zero). So please donate and also PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share and pass this along!!!!
My name is Ted Canedy and along with Tom Kirk we are trying to raise enough money for our two good friends Nathan Gocke and Patrick Ivison to have personal Wavejet surboards of their own. As many of you know I do a lot of work with people who have suffered spinal chord injuries and by raising this money for both Patrick and Nathan they will be able to go surfing on their own with the help of just a few people. Normally for them to go surfing it can take up to 8 people, but with the Wavejet it could be as few as 3.
The reason these boards are so special is because they come with a powerful jet under the board that will allow Nathan and Patrick (by pushing a button on their wrist) to ride waves without traditionally being pushed into the waves by family and friends. Thus giving them the independence to surf on their own terms.
As one can imagine this technology isn't cheap and therefore we have started this fundraising page. We are asking for donations as little as five dollars. So if everyone could just go one day without say a Starbucks coffee, a beer or cocktail, or perhaps even eating a meal at home instead of out on the town, we could take that money donate it to this worthy cause, and we can have these boards for them in no time.
So please make a donation today!!!
Tom and Ted