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Record Setting $1.2 Million Raised at CF Foundation’s Pipeline to a Cure

August 6, 2014

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Shelby Klug, 15, gets lessons in being a rock star from Green Day drummer Tre Cool at the Orange County Office’s Pipeline to a Cure fundraiser. Shelby has CF and her touching Bid for a Cure speech inspired a donor to match the event’s proceeds.

Fifteen-year-old Shelby Klug knows what she wants out of life, and she isn’t afraid to share her dreams.

The aspiring rock star, who has cystic fibrosis, told more than 800 guests of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Orange County Office’s Pipeline to a Cure about her love for music and singing.

“For me, CF stands for ‘chronically fabulous.’ One day, with your help, I hope it will stand for ‘cure found,’” Shelby said.

Inspired by Shelby’s touching speech, a very generous anonymous donor offered to match the event’s net proceeds. In total, Pipeline to a Cure raised a record $1.2 million to help support the mission of the CF Foundation.

Music Moguls and Surf Legends

The Pipeline to a Cure event was held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Hotel, where guests enjoyed gourmet food, live entertainment — provided, in part, by Shelby — and the chance to mingle with music moguls and surf legends, who came out to show their support for people with CF and their families.

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Surfing Legends Laird Hamilton and Dave Kamala entertain guests at the Orange County Office’s Pipeline to a Cure fundraiser, which celebrates the role surfers played in identifying the therapeutic effects saltwater has on people with CF. The event raised $1.2 million to help support the search for a cure.

A silent auction featured a number of items up for bid that included the chance to meet some of surfing and music’s biggest names. Guests bid on a seven-night stay at The Pono Kai Resort on Kauai, with one day of stand-up paddle lessons with surf legend Laird Hamilton; a custom surf experience and land excursion for six to Costa Rica guided by surfers Robert and Sam August; and lunch and drum lessons with Green Day drummer Tre Cool.

Now in its seventh year, Pipeline to a Cure began in 2008 to celebrate the development of hypertonic saline, and the role that surfers played in identifying the therapeutic effects saltwater has on people with CF. Since its inception, the gala has raised more than $3.7 million to help support the search for a cure.

“The surfing community has wholeheartedly embraced the cause to fund research to help find a cure,” said Judy Burlingham, event chair. “This event attracts a mix of young professionals, celebrity athletes, musicians and Olympians who have no direct connection to CF, but who want to give back and make a difference. We are so thankful for their dedication and support.”

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