The Ocean Becomes a Pipeline to a Cure

July 9, 2008

On July 19, 2008, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and surfing greats Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama will host an inaugural gala at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, California, also known as “Surf City.”

Amazingly, surfers have unknowingly held a key to prolonging the lifespan and quality of life for people with CF. Several years ago, doctors observed CF patients who surfed had healthier lungs than those who did not.

Through clinical trials sponsored by the Foundation, researchers discovered that inhaling saltwater mist has a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs for CF patients, allowing them to more easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus. This discovery led to the development of a new therapy for CF—hypertonic saline, which many patients around the world now inhale every day.

Inspired by the recent breakthrough treatment, the Southern California Chapter has formed a “PIPELINE TO A CURE” campaign to raise funds and to bring about global awareness of the unique bond between the sport of surfing and those with cystic fibrosis.

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