Laguna Beach’s Mauli Ola Foundation, in its fifth year educating the public about the connection between ocean exercise and cystic fibrosis, hosted surf experience days for kids and a golf tournament fundraiser last month.
The event is hosted by Ambry Genetics, co-founded by scientist Charles Dunlop, who established the foundation with his brother James.
The event generated nearly $75,000, which will go towards surf experience days the foundation hosts for people with CF and other genetic disorders.
The chronic lung disease affects about 30,000 people in the U.S., making them susceptible to lung infections and lowering their life expectancy. Inhaling hypertonic saline mist kicked up in ocean spray has proven to be a great treatment. Thus, the foundation’s mission relying on pro surfers who over five years have taught 1,300 kids with the disease to surf and get the treatment they need.