Monday, December 20, 2010

One Super Fun Treatment For CF....Hawaiian Style!

     Every year, about twice a year Mauli Ola Foundation comes to Hawaii to take people with CF surfing.  Why surfing?  "Surf Experience Days (MOF) were created to get kids who have cystic fibrosis out into the ocean water (which is high in saline) and experience what natural therapies can do for their lungs. The exercise and fun they get from these events is truly fantastic. What is even more amazing, kids who have cystic fibrosis respond very well to the salt water environment. The saline in the air and water breaks down the congestion that is in their lungs. This congestion is what causes them to go to hospitals constantly and leads them to have to take lots of medication on daily basis. With salt water treatments, their hospital visits are cut down in half, leading to a healthier and more fulfilling life with fun activities."  

     December 5th and December 12th, Mauli Ola's surf experience days for Hawaii.  It is so awesome.  Mauli Ola goes above and beyond to make the experience extra special for each kid/person with CF.  They have professional surfers and other professional athletes to take the kids out surfing.  They always have gifts for the kids.  We only see the Mauli Ola guys twice a year and they always remember us.  It's so nice and such a great day when it's CF surf experience day.  Rachel had the time of her life! 

Mauli Ola Foundation staff and volunteer surfers.

Rachel getting surfing instruction from Gavin Beschen.

This is how she started out.  What a ride!

Up on the board with Gavin.  Just look at that smile.

Rachel and Gavin. 

Rachel chatting with Gavin. 

Rachel going out with Shawn "Barney" Barron.

Rachel and Barney.

On the board with Barney, trying to stand on her own.

Rachel and Barney, she's just about got it. 

Rachel and Barney.

Thank You Mauli Ola.  Y'all are the best!

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