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Kids with autism surf at Woodbine Beach in Toronto

Surfers Healing, a U.S.-based nonprofit that offers free surf camps to kids with autism, came to Toronto's Woodbine Beach August 25 and 26th for their first-ever Canadian event. The camp was brought to Canada for a fundraising event called Aloha Toronto, which raised money for Surfers Healing and the Hospital for Sick Children. Aloha Toronto, which also provided free lunches to the kids who attended, is hoping to make their event -- and the Surfers Healing camp -- an annual one in Toronto.

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Michelle Quance cheers for her daughter Tennyson, 11, as she rides a surfboard under the supervision of Surfers Healing instructors at Woodbine Beach in Toronto on Saturday, August 25, 2012. Surfers Healing provides day camps for children with autism. Of the day camp Quance says "It's been beyond my expectations and a turning point in her (Tennyson) life... and our family's. We can see her independence."

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Jack Boddy, switches surf boards with Kamakani Froiseth, with Surfers Healing, as Archer Sveistrup, right, continues on his board at Woodbine Beach in Toronto on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

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Matthew Amos goes for a ride while Joe McNulty, with Surfers Healing, times a push.

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Surfers Healing instructor Duane Webster helps Zo‘ Marshall ride a surfboard at Woodbine Beach in Toronto on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

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Israel Paskowitz, founder of Surfers Healing, helps Tennyson Quance catch a wave.

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13-year-old Logan Fair (right), tries surfing for the first time with Surfers Healing founder Israel Paskowitz (left)

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