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Surfers Healing helps children with autism at Folly Beach

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FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) -

250 families came to Folly Beach for Surfers Healing, a program that travels around the nation, allowing children with autism to get up on surfboards with professionals.

Sarah Peters drove six and a half hours from Virginia Beach, Va. so her two children could take part in Surfers Healing at Folly Beach after the program filled up in Virginia.

“It is seriously the one day a year that we look forward to, count down to,” Peters said.

Both her 12-year-old son Brandon and her 4-year-old daughter Mackenzie have autism.

Izzy Paskowitz gave up his career as a professional surfer 16 years ago to start the program after his son was diagnosed with autism.

Peters says the day is important because it allows her family to forget about the disorder.

"It's the one day a year they're not defined by autism,” Peters said. “There's no therapy, there's no work behind it, there's just get out there, be able to enjoy themselves free of their disability if you will."

This is the ninth year the program has come to Folly Beach. Next, it's going to make its Northeastern tour and head up to New Jersey.

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