Pipeline to a Cure began as a way to encourage patients with Cystic Fibrosis to get to the beach. We know that the salty air is medically beneficial to CF patients and surfing provides the added benefit of exercise while in the salty air. Our annual surf events have helped others in the CF community learn how to surf or paddleboard, which makes them want to go to the beach more. If we can get our CF patients and their families to love the beach, hopefully they will lead healthier, longer lives.
2016 Summer Surf Events
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) presents daily challenges for approximately 30,000 Americans. But life with the disease is far different today than it was 50, 30 or even 10 years ago. Perhaps the best evidence that many people with cystic fibrosis are living longer is the fact that more than 45 percent of the CF patient population is now age 18 or older.
MAX’S NEW LOVE
Summer of 2012, a young boy who is about to turn 8 years old is super excited! Max had the pleasure of being introduced to surfing at Pipeline to a Cure and will never be the same. Max has CF, so along with the fun of surfing, it’s therapeutic for him. He was fortunate to be paired with an amazing surf instructor who had volunteered his time to help and they immediately “hit it off”! Max’s love for surfing and the ocean has now expanded and I see us spending a lot of time at the beach in the next several summers! Thank you Keller family and all Pipeline sponsors for not only introducing him to a new love, but to something that will definitely improve his quality of life!