The Mauli Ola Foundation made its way to Port Aransas this afternoon to help get some kids with genetic disorders out in the water.
Despite the heavy rain, there were plenty of children who could not wait to get in the surf and catch a wave.
Kelly Wiglesworth, surfer and former reality TV star from Survivor says, "we take the kids out on the surfboard, we usually have one surfer per kid actually on the board, and then a few of us will be in the water just to kind of help and catch as they come in, and try to navigate the boards." Even with the rain, the Mauli Ola crew found themselves with a group of kids eager to get on a surfboard.
For many that have genetic disorders and specifically cystic fibrosis, surfing helps break up the mucus that accumulates in the body. "So the salt water is really healing for the lungs, it helps to break up the mucus that is constantly being produced in the lungs with that disorder, so it helps them breath easier," says Kelly.
Breathing easier is definitely something that most of us do not have to worry about day-to-day, but for kids like Rylee Buckalew, who has cystic fibrosis, breathing could not be any harder. Luckily, he's found the love of surfing, and his mom has already said that he has been less sick since they moved down to Corpus Christi.
Kelly Wiglesworth, "we take for granted the fact that we breath in and we breath out all day long and we don't have to worry about it, we don't have to think about it." Not only does the salty water physically help these kids that may be having a tough time with medications and treatments, but just getting out on the beach is mentally healthy as well. "You guys that live at the beach, you know how awesome it is and the salt water is just very healing for the soul as well."
The Mauli Ola Foundation will also be heading to the Driscoll's Children's Hospital Monday morning at 10 a.m. to give support to some kids that were not able to make it out to surf Sunday afternoon.