Golf tournament aids young surfer to walk again

ENCINITAS — The inaugural Steps to the Sea golf tournament will held April 30 at The Crossings at Carlsbad, 5800 The Crossings Drive, supporting the recovery of 15-year-old Joey Abicca, an Encinitas native.
In April 2009, Joey was injured in an accident and sustained a spinal cord injury that rendered him paralyzed from the waist down. He has been in intensive, exercise-based therapy at Project Walk in Carlsbad and is making slow but incredible progress. Joey’s attitude and determination to walk again have helped him through the last nine months of rehabilitation, but his path to recovery is a long one.
Unfortunately, the therapies that have been helping Joey’s recovery are not covered by insurance. In order for him to stay on his path to recovery and regain his ability to walk, his parents, Renny and Anthony Abicca, need to raise additional funding.
Close friends of Abicca’s family teamed up to establish the Steps to the Sea Inaugural Golf Tournament. All proceeds from the tournament will go to Joey’s NTAF Southwest Spinal Cord Injury Fund.
The event includes the golf tournament as well as a banquet dinner, an auction and music by the local band Sky Held Sun, plus dancing, where all proceeds from the day’s events go solely to the youth’s recovery.
“We have been so blessed with the way our community, friends and family have come together to help keep Joey on the road to a full recovery, and we continue to be overwhelmingly thankful for all their help,” Renny Abicca said. “This continued support has made such a huge difference in Joey’s attitude, determination and recovery so far. The Steps to the Sea event will help us stay on this path and do everything we need to do to get him back on his feet again. We are very excited for this fun event bringing people together to celebrate Joey’s progress so far.”
Since his accident, Joey has undergone therapy to aid in his recovery at Project Walk, based in Carlsbad. Project Walk exists to provide an improved quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries through intense exercise-based recovery programs, education, support and encouragement. Project Walk is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the emerging field of exercise-based recovery for spinal cord injuries.
For additional information on the Steps to the Sea Inaugural Golf Tournament, visit www.JoeyA.org.

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