SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A Scripps Ranch teenager paralyzed as a toddler after being hit by a car has not let his physical challenges slow him down.
For more than a decade, he has pursued his passion of surfing, and now is receiving a wave of support to give him more independence in doing what he loves.
"There's something healing about the ocean and being out there," Patrick Ivison said.
For the 19-year-old, surfing is much more than just a pastime, it's his passion.
"It has become more of a spiritual experience as opposed to a physical rush," he said.
The 2012 Scripps Ranch grad first became inspired to ride the waves at age 8 after seeing the surf documentary "Step Into Liquid" featuring Jese Billhauer, a paraplegic who didn't let his physical challenges stop him from surfing.
"Challenges don't have to stop you, basically," Ivison said.
Taking that to heart, Ivison, who became a quadriplegic after being hit by a car as a small child, learned to live out his dream, getting help from friends and even this special "surf dog" Ricochet to surf.
"I just focus on doing what I love to do and I don't let anything stop me," he said.
Ivison and his friends are now focused on raising $10,000 to buy two special motorized Wavejet surfboards, which were charitably discounted. The Wavejet will give him more independence in paddling out and taking on the waves.
"It felt like what paddling should feel like," Ivison said.
They've already reached one-quarter of their goal.
"The fact that people are willing to pitch in to help me continue doing what I love to do and to be able to do it on a more regular basis, it's really humbling, and it means a lot," Ivison said.
At last check nearly $2,525 has been raised. Supporters are also working to raise money for another paralyzed surfer, Nathan Gocke, from Newport Beach, who has also overcome his physical challenge to pursue his passion.
As Ivison put it, he wants everyone to know that challenges don't have to stop you from doing anything.