Jesse Billauer is a California native and has been a surfer since he was just nine years old. His path to joining the professional tour took a turn for the unexpected on March 25, 1996. Billauer was out for a morning surf session with his friends, when the crest of a wave knocked him off of his board and forced him headfirst into the sandbar. Billauer’s friends helped to stabilize him as they awaited a helicopter to take him to the UCLA Medical Center. The experience rendered Billauer a quadriplegic, and also led him to the realization that even with this traumatic life-altering event, he was fortunate. A few years after the accident, Billauer founded a non-profit foundation called Life Rolls On, dedicated to improving quality of life for those affected by spinal cord injury. In December 2013, Jesse got engaged to his beautiful girlfriend Sam Pearson and in October 2014 they became Mr. and Mrs. Billauer.
“The fact that 100% of the money raised is going straight to spinal cord injury research is truly amazing in itself,” said Billauer. “I am confident that this event will continue to bring well deserved attention to spinal cord injures and highlight the amazing work that Wings for Life is doing to find a cure. Being a part of history last year was a privilege and honor to me. When you have hundreds of thousands of people around the world running for those who can't, how can you not be proud and inspired? I feel honored to be one of the ambassadors again for the 2015 WFLWR.”
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