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Pros team up to get children with cystic fibrosis surfing in free surf clinics

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 September, 2007 : - - Newport Beach, Ca -- Surfing has a unique relationship with cystic fibrosis, the number one genetic killer among kids in the US. Children with CF have what is similar to a chronic, severe chest cold and sinus problems. CF patients have reported feeling significantly better after surfing.

Medical scientists and physicians have turned this observation into a new medical treatment for CF called hypertonic saline therapy. The treatment is basically a salty air treatment breathed in a nebulized form. Surfing, a natural way to get salt and moisture in the lungs, in turn helps prolong and improve the quality of life for those with this terrible condition.

Newport Surf Camp, Cordell Miller Surfboards, and Ambry Genetics have teamed up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to provide free surf clinics for children with CF, and to spread the word about this natural and fun way to combine exercise and relief from CF-related respiratory symptoms. The next surf clinic will be held Saturday, September 8th, at the 28th Street Jetty in Newport Beach from 5-7 p.m.

James Dunlop from Ambry Genetics explains, “Every time a child with CF gets in the water, it helps clear out their nasal passages and airway. That cuts down on infections, hospitalizations, and slows down the rate of permanent lung damage, potentially increasing overall lifespan and health. We want to take this great new treatment back to its roots of exercise and ocean air by getting the children with CF into the water.”

Todd Elder of Newport Surf Camp added, “Surfing has always been good for the soul. So there is an emotional therapy side to this. But to share the sport of surfing with kids that have CF and at the same time know that it is helping them physically is very rewarding.”

Cystic Fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic disease affecting about 30,000 people in the U.S. The life expectancy of CF patients has risen dramatically in the last two decades from about 9 years of age to about 37 with modern treatments.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization committed to finding therapies and ultimately a cure for cystic fibrosis, and to improving the lives of those with the disease.  Contact: CASEY CASTON, Southern California Director of Special Events Southern California Chapter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Phone: (714) 938-1393 E-mail: ccaston@cff.org

www.cff.org

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