Mauli Ola Foundation
I have come to realize that there is a certain power that comes with blogging. What I mean by that is I feel that I have the ability to reach out to several people. Sometimes, you have to stop and step aside from what you are doing and use your “power” to bring awareness to causes that are important to you. This year, my husband and I were introduced to an amazing foundation, the Mauli Ola Foundation that supports children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Mauli Ola means “breath of life”. This foundation is close to our hearts because we have a six year old niece with CF. These are some pictures we took at one of the events.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic disease of mucus and sweat glands that affects the lungs and digestive system. In 2007, Australian doctors revealed that young surfers with CF had noticeably healthier lungs. They discovered that inhaling saltwater mist had a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs, clearing out patient’s nasal passages and airways. As a result, there are less infections and hospitalizations. Hence, surfing increases overall health and potentially increases lifespan. Because of modern treatments such as this, the life expectancy of a patient with CF has drastically increased over the last two decades from 9 years old to about 37.
The Mauli Ola Foundation (MOF) has teamed up with several professional athletes and surfers like Kelly Slater and Bruce Irons to support children with CF. They have taken hundreds of patients surfing at their MOF Surf Experience Days which have taken place all over the California coast and Hawaii. If you would like to donate or volunteer for MOF or simply learn more about CF, please visit their website.
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