May 14th, 2014

Sage Island Sponsors Pipeline to a Cure

by Steph DeLuca

An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States have cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Many individuals, families and organizations have banded together to dedicate resources benefitting cystic fibrosis research.

Surfers, skaters, paddleboarders and other members of the active living community in the Greater Wilmington area have joined in Pipeline to a Cure East’s efforts because of the positive impact that active living has on the health and well being of CF patients. One of our favorite things about Wilmington is its solidarity, and Sage Island is happy to rally around a worthy cause.

Pipeline to a Cure East is a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation benefit gala to showcase the connection between surfing and CF. Doctors in Australia recently found that cystic fibrosis patients who surfed had healthier lungs than non-surfing CF patients. Breathing in sterile saltwater mist actually helps clear the thick, sticky mucus from the lungs that CF patients regularly deal with. As part of treatment, CF patients use a nebulizer filled with hypertonic saline to help thin mucous throughout the body. This process actually mimics a “two hour” surf experience.

This year’s benefit gala takes place August 2, 2014 at the Country Club of Landfall. Many sponsorship opportunities are still available, and donations are always appreciated.

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month—it’s a great time to take action and spread the word.