Once again this year, we are proud to be contributing donated Surf Art to the Pipeline To A Cure fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For the 2013 CFF event on July 20th 2013, guests in attendance will be bidding on two limited edition signed giclée canvas prints by Jay Alders. “Throwing Lines” and “Belmar Barrel” will be the featured artwork on exhibit and auction.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic, life-threatening disease that causes mucus to build up and clog some of the organs in the body, particularly the lungs. When mucus clogs the lungs, it can make breathing very difficult. The thick mucus also causes bacteria to get stuck in the airways, which causes inflammation and infections that lead to lung damage. Currently the median age of survival for CF patients is 37 and there is no cure.
In recent years, doctors in Australia realized that cystic fibrosis patients who surfed had significantly healthier lungs than non-surfing CF patients. They found that the inhalation of saltwater mist hydrates the lining of the lungs and actually assists in the elimination of bacteria-laden mucus. As a result of this discovery, a hypertonic saline solution was developed to mimic a “surf session” for CF patients to use on a daily basis. We all know that surfing is great for the body and soul, but in this case, it actually helps fight the disabling effects of cystic
fibrosis for thousands of children.
The goal of the Pipeline To A Cure Gala is to increase awareness and funding for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by rallying the surfing and action sports world. Since 1955 the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has worked to assure the development of the means to cure and control CF and to improve the quality of life for those born with the disease