Mauli Ola Foundation :: Chevy Metal
Over the break, we were pleased to attend an event held at White House Restaurant and Nightclub in Laguna Beach which benefited the Mauli Old Foundation (MOF). A special live concert by 70’s cover band Chevy Metal – featuring Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett, drew a sold out crowd and raised $17,000 which will used toward supporting the MOF’s Children’s Hospital Visits and Surf Experience Days.
Mauli Ola is a Hawaiian phrase which translates to “breath of life.”
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The Mauli Ola Foundation was formed in 2007 after one of its founders – and long time surfer – read a report that the salt water in the ocean air had been shown to help treat patients diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system in approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. The body of a person living with CF produces an abnormally thick mucus that clogs the lungs and can lead to life-threatening infections. It can also obstruct the pancreas and its natural enzymes that help breakdown and absorb food. Nearly 1,000 new cases are reported yearly in the U.S. and most patients are diagnosed by age two. The median age of survival is late thirties.
How does surfing help CF patients?
When the salty sea air is inhaled by patients with CF, the cells lining the lungs are triggered to released water restoring a layer of moisture and reducing the congestion in the airways. Learning to surf just happens to be an extra benefit!
Since 2007 the Mauli Ola Foundation has worked with over 1,300 CF patients during their Surf Experience Days. Professional surfers spend the day taking kids with CF into the ocean for fun and some natural saline therapy. MOF states that “with salt water treatments, many CF patients see their hospital visits cut in half, leading to a healthier and more fulfilling life filled with fun activities.” MOF also provides pediatric visits for hospitalized patients who can’t make it to the beach.
Chevy Metal :: Mauli Ola Fundraiser
Chevy Metal played a nearly 90 minute set covering tunes from Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Rolling Stones and the Beatles. MOF and Ambry Genetics co-founder, James Dunlop, called it “an incredible evening” and thanked Hans Hagen – professional surfer and longtime friend of Taylor Hawkins – for making the event happen.
The next MOF Surf Experience Day is set for September 15th in Malibu. To learn more, please visit the www. mauliola.org.
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