Yep, it's that time again...Pipeline to a Cure, 2009! See previous posts for details about it. I'm just chilling tonight, working on my speech so I thought i'd take a little breather and say hello on my blog :). As I am writing and thinking tonight about the support that is around me as I battle CF, I want to say thank you to everyone that does support me. You all are an incredible gift in my life, thank you- friends, family, and people I don't know for your constant prayers and love that help keep me going through the ups and downs of a life with CF.
Much love to you all!
Ok...enough distractions, back to my speech! The event is just 3 weeks away!
Last Saturday we did a "pre-event" to help generate some excitement and mainly awareness for Pipeline to a Cure coming up in just 4 weeks! So we hit up the back bay of Newport and thanks to the Newport Aquatic Center, we (the CF Foundation) were able to host an invite-only "Paddle with Dave Kalama" day! It was a blast and everyone invited was able to learn about Cystic Fibrosis and learn how to support our event coming up. We generated tons of interest, and about 60 people came to hear about Pipeline and CF, and many committed to be involved :). After sharing our story and our goals, the invitees were able to get primo paddle lessons with none other than legends Dave Kalama, Jeff Clark Mickey Munoz and Jericho Popplar. It was a GREAT day!
Thanks to everyone involved , it was a blast :). here are some pics from the event , props to my buddy Steve for volunteering to take these! I love doing events like these :) ~Em Off they go! Tandem paddling with honoree, Mike Sullivan. Kim, Dave Kalama and I :) Rocking the new 10 ft paddle board. Dave teaching lessons. Meeting Jason Lezak, Olympic swimmer and hanging with Mickey Munoz!
That's right...year #2 of Pipeline to a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis is coming! It's only 1 month away, Saturday July 18th- I am stoked!!!
I'll be posting and sharing my perspective as things go along- but as always, I'd appreciate and love some prayer for this event and the people who will be attending. This is an amazing night to share about CF so I pray people will understand the disease and do their part in helping us fund research for a cure :).
So, not much exciting has been happening lately...until now!! I got to spend the day yesterday with Laird Hamilton, big wave, legend surfer. It was SO much fun! We had lunch and then headed out stand-up paddling in Malibu for an hour or so. I got private paddle lessons with Laird and even tried riding a wave in on the board- I was almost successful, haha ;). It was a blast!!! I am getting excited for Pipeline to a Cure this year, it's going to be an AMAZING event. This was just the start of a fun summer ahead :) ~Em The Malibu surf...a little cloudy outside but the swell was perfect :) Pics of Laird and I...hmm..maybe I need a tan?
Well...almost summer...If the California weather would cooperate and allow some sunshine through!!
I am getting back into my surfing groove and as of yesterday I hit Newport Beach and the water was so much warmer than last time I surfed (which is before I was in the hospital for 3 weeks!). It felt SO good to paddle around, catch whatever waves there were (it was quite choppy and messy, really poor conditions but I didn't care :). It made me excited for summer to officially hit- sunshine, good surf, and long days with the sunset not until the late evening! ~Em
My name is Emily. I live my days with adventure, fun, and challenge...I'm an adult with Cystic Fibrosis with a heart for serving for God, raising awareness for CF, love for people, and can you tell, I love the beach?
Join me as I continue to fight against CF, and live each day to the fullest. I love my life and I love sharing it, because each day is truly a gift!