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Kids With Cystic Fibrosis Go Surfing As Treatment At Jersey Shore

SPRING LAKE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- Children suffering from cystic fibrosis are catching some waves at the Jersey Shore.

CBS2's Meg Baker reported the Mauli Ola Foundation partnered with professional surfers to bring kids with cystic fibrosis and other genetic diseases out in the ocean for some relief. Normally kids with these disorders get saline salt water solution treatments while in hospital beds.

"The hypertonic saline inside of the water, inside the ocean is a natural therapy for them," said Jason Magallanes of the Mauli Ola Foundation.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic problem that affects the lungs and digestive system.

Strong bonds were formed out on the water with professional surfers and the children.

"Harry here has muscular dystrophy. We had a lot of fun today, didn't we, Harry?" said pro surfer Andrew Gesler.

"As a parent of a special needs child, we try to find every opportunity to make them feel included and special," said Gloria Smith of Jackson. "I don't think these guys know how much it really means to not only them, but to us."

"Mauli Ola" means "breath of life" in Hawaiian.

The foundation travels across the country partnering with local surf schools to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis.

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