Friday, September 30, 2011

Surf’s up at MGHfC

COOL DUDES: MGHfC patient Gidge with visitors from
the Mauli Ola Foundation

A GROUP OF Hawaiian surfing and mixed martial arts champions recently took time to “hang ten” with MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Ellison 17 and 18. The visit was made possible by the Mauli Ola Foundation, which is dedicated to introducing surfing to patients with genetic disorders, especially cystic fibrosis, who may be helped by the healing properties of the ocean. When the foundation can’t bring patients to the sea, representatives visit hospitals like MGHfC. The special visitors took time for photos, gave autographs and offered a few fun lessons on the culture and language of Hawaii. They also brought the patients T-shirts, hats, headphones, stickers and posters.

For brain tumor patient Gidge Farraher and his family, it made his last inpatient day of chemotherapy seem like a day at the beach. “I’ve never been to Hawaii but would like to go some day,” says Gidge. “I’m not sure I’m ready to surf the big waves, but I’d love to boogie or maybe wake board with these cool dudes! They told me they could keep the sharks away, too!”

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