The Desatnick Foundation offers emotional and financial support for those individuals living with Spinal Cord Injuries in Southern New Jersey.
While surfing Poverty Beach during Hurricane Humberto on 09/30/2001, Chad Desatnick
suffered a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in which he shattered C6 & C7. Neurosurgeons performed an 11 hour surgery at ACMC to repair the damaged vertebrae. Chad was told he may never walk, & certainly would never surf again. During an extensive rehab program, which still continues today, he realized the number of SCI’s in Cape May were increasing as a result of a 50 yr beach replenishment project. He began lobbying City Council to bring awareness to the public, a beach safety program was created to educate local students about the dangers and benefits of living in a coastal community, dangerous shorebreak signs were posted at every beach entrance, & media across the Tri-State area covered our safety campaign. Along with Jesse Billauer, founder of the Life Rolls On Foundation
, Chad organized New Jersey & New York events for their signature program, "They Will Surf Again"
, an adaptive surfing event. For the past decade, the event grew from 12 to over 50 participants for a day of surfing for those living with paralysis. "The Cape May Golf Tournament"
netted over $250,000 for the Life Rolls On Foundation
, and there was a definite need for local activities and events for those affected by SCI in the Southern New Jersey region.
In February 2013, The Desatnick Foundation
was recognized by the IRS and State of New Jersey as a nonprofit, and aimed to provide emotional & financial assistance for those individuals living with paralysis in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland & Ocean Counties.
In 2015, the Life Rolls On Foundation
recognized Chad as the Volunteer of the Year.