On a fall day we had the pleasure of meeting some really special young ladies. They seem outwardly like any other child, but inwardly they are fighting the life threatening disease of Cystic Fibrosis.
This is a disease with no known cure that attacks the body’s organs making them fill with mucus and it really goes after the lungs. Currently the median survival range for someone with this disease is 41 years old.
A group discovered, several years ago, that in the population that surfed who had this disease tended to actually benefit from the exposure to salt water. In fact, it has been proven to help alleviate the disease and slow it’s progression. Thus was born Pipeline to the Cure, and it’s all star team of watermen and women joined together to help support this cause. Amongst the supporters are Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Jamie Mitchell and many other luminaries in the paddling and surfing world. The charity has two annual fundraisers – the Pipeline to a Cure event that boasts an all star line up of attendees, silent auction and other fundraiser activities. The highlight is meeting the brave people with the disease who benefit directly from the programs the Pipeline raises money for.
Together with Neil Pryde, Stand Up Journal and Imagine Surf – Quickblade is proud to be a sponsor of Pipeline to a Cure and represent the Stand Up Community. Look for our partnership ad in Stand Up Journal in the coming months and enjoy this look at when we got to spend time with these amazing little girls.