In Sandbridge, children with special needs get “surf therapy”


Quinn’s 10th birthday party was supposed to be Friday in Yorktown.

He was excited to see all his friends and eat cake, said his mother, Denille Francis.

But then Tropical Storm Michael blew through, causing power outages and downing trees, and they had to cancel, Francis said. Instead Quinn’s parents told him his party would come Saturday at the beach.

As they pulled into the parking lot of Sandbridge’s Little Island Park, Quinn,¬†who has Down syndrome and often requires leg braces, concurred: “Quinn! Surf! Party!”

They were there with dozens of other families for an event hosted by A Walk on Water, a California-based nonprofit that provides surf therapy to children with special needs.

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