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.
WHEN:June 24, 2018
WHERE:Cape May, NJ
The Signature Fundraiser for the Desatnick Foundation, the Cape to Cape is a Paddleboard race across the mouth of the Delaware Bay. Participants begin by riding the Cape May Lewes Ferry from NJ to DE, and the 17-mile race begins at Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes DE, and finishes at Queen St Beach, Cape May, NJ (New Jersey's Southern Most Point). Vessel support is offered by private vessel, Town Bank Volunteer Fire Dept, Goshen Volunteer Fire Dept, Lewes Fire Dept, Cape May Beach Patrol, Wildwood Beach Patrol, and USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 08-02. Limited entry based on previous endurance race experience. To volunteer or for additional information please contact the Desatnick Foundation.

WHEN:August 2 & 3, 2017
Donavon Frankenreiter has been supporting the Desatnick Foundation by offering up his muscial talents to play benefit shows in the Cape May area. As a professional surfer and super talented musician, we are super stoked to have him showcase his skills for the Desatnick Foundation audience. Donavon's new album, "The Heart," officially marks the start of the singer-songwriter's second decade as a solo artist. It's been over ten years since the release of his self-titled debut, and in that time he has grown, not only as a musician, but also as a man. He's raising a family and nurturing two creative career-one onstage, one in the waves-but on top of all that, he's still learning what makes him tick. And so, naturally, he named his album after his ticker.
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