SURF DOG RICOCHET

By on May 3, 2013
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SURF DOG RICOCHET MAKES A SPLASH TO ASSIST SPINAL CORD INJURED PATRICK IVISON SWIM IN A “SWIM WITH MIKE” FUNDRAISER ON MAY 4TH

DOGGIE PADDLER BENEFITS CHALLENGED ATHLETES SCHOLARSHIP FUND!

SAN DIEGO, CA, May 2nd, 2013… Surf dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog and quadriplegic surfer Patrick Ivison may be making history again as they take the plunge in the “Swim with Mike” swim-a-thon at UCSD on May 4th at 10:00 am. The fundraiser benefits the physically challenged athlete’s scholarship fund, and will be held at the Canyonview Aquatics Center, 9500 Gilman Dr., San Diego, CA 92093 with parking in UCSD lot 510.

Ricochet and Patrick have been surfing tandem together for almost four years. However, this newest adventure presents a unique and exciting challenge: keeping Patrick afloat with the assistance of Ricochet utilizing her signature stroke… the doggie paddle!

Ricochet will attempt to support and guide Patrick in the pool, helping him move through the water. The plan is for her to tow him behind her while wearing a special harness with a handle attached. Patrick will lie in the water with the aid of a flotation device as he holds onto Ricochet’s harness handle.

Patrick suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident when he was only 14 months old. Despite being quadriplegic and using a wheelchair, he is a very active athlete. He is also a 2012 recipient of a “Swim with Mike” scholarship for his freshman year at USC. Now, he wants to pay it forward and help other challenged athletes like Spencer Fox receive a scholarship.

Spencer is a 16 year old boy who had a snowboarding accident three years ago and suffered a spinal cord injury that left him quadriplegic. He is hoping to receive a “Swim with Mike” scholarship next year. Between Patrick and Ricochet’s efforts, it’s bound to become a reality. Rumor has it Spencer will have a supply of tennis balls to throw in the pool for Ricochet!

“Swim with Mike’s” mission is to provide financial resources for advanced education that pave the way for physically challenged athletes to overcome their tragedies and realize their full potential. To make a donation please go to http://bit.ly/DoggiePaddleWithMike

Note: For more information, contact Judy Fridono at 707-228-0679 or pawinspired@aol.com

http://www.surfdogricochet.com

https://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet

http://www.helppatrickwalk.org

http://www.swimwithmike.org

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