Shea's Autism Surfing Fund

$3,126 of $7,111 goal

Raised by 99 people in 42 months
Sheri Edmondson-Wood  MELBOURNE, FL
WHO IS THE PUZZLED SURFER?
Puzzled Surfer is a loving reference to our 14 year old son, Shea.
Shea has Asperger Syndrome (AS), an autism spectrum disorder (hence- the puzzle reference.) As a result it seriously impacts Shea's ability to participate in many social and extracurricular activities with his peers. He must learn things certain ways and there can be quite a learning curve that, in a typical instructional setting, usually ends in frustration with little desire or interest to continue the activity.

But, then came surfing...
We took Shea to an event held by a tremendous organization, SURFERS FOR AUTISM. These people are incredible and the only thing more amazing is that at these events, our son has the TIME OF HIS LIFE! He now thinks of himself as a "˜professional surfer' WE LOVE IT!! No one judges him, no one makes him feel different--he is free to be himself in an environment where instead of being THAT kid, he's simply just A kid.
He is surrounded by a team of 5-6 volunteers (he calls them "his CREW" some of which are pictured below!) where he is taken out to the breakers and simply:surfs.



The relationships he has made with other children and the volunteers at the events are truly heartwarming.
As a direct result of the training of the professionals and volunteers with Surfers for Autism, these special days are "incident" free. As we say in our family, they speak Shea!


Shea and a member of his Surfers for Autism Crew

Our funding request is to cover the travel (gas money est. at $3.89/gal), food ($50/day) and hotel to attend events scheduled for the 2014 season. Hotel prices vary but we stay both nights at whatever venue the SFA has booked allowing Shea to spend time with his friends and crew.

If we are blessed enough to exceed our funding request any money will be applied to next seasons event schedule.

Thank you for reading about us and considering our need!
The Edmondson-Wood Family

Please visit Shea's personal website for video, photos, stories and more at www.PuzzledSurfer.com!



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Update 15
Posted by Sheri Edmondson-Wood
7 months ago
Hello all, we just wanted to give a huge thank you shout out to all of Shea's followers. He continues to surf and review his website stats. He also continues to attend his social group meetings. These sessions are also not covered by insurance. Please continue to lobby your local government officials to enact more support for those on the spectrum. It is greatly needed.

We look forward to attending his next surfing event in Cocoa Beach on June 11!

Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and support.
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Update 14
Posted by Sheri Edmondson-Wood
13 months ago
Hello,

Shea turns 14 today! 14! I am not sure where the time has gone.

Thank you all for your continued support. As we spend the Florida winter without an event coming up, we continue to look for ways to fund the hotel, gas and food bills that we know will be back as soon as it is time for Deerfield to roll around.

Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday season.
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Update 13
Posted by Sheri Edmondson-Wood
16 months ago
Thank you everyone for continuing to help us help Shea with as many events as we can afford!
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Update 12
Posted by Sheri Edmondson-Wood
25 months ago
Shea turned 13 last week! What an amazing time for him. Thank you all for continuing to support him!

We are in need of some sort of device to attach Shea's surfboard to the top of our SUV. We are to the point where it is difficult to put it inside due to size and safety.

Can you help us please so Shea can continue to practice this winter to prepare for Deerfield 2015?

Thank you for your help!
Happy Surfing!
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Louis Picasso
41 months ago

Bonne chance!

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$3,126 of $7,111 goal

Raised by 99 people in 42 months
Created June 13, 2013
Sheri Edmondson-Wood  
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Bonne chance!

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