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1 Sep 2010

Mauli Ola Visits Patients at NY Hospital...

1 September 2010

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Mauli Ola Visits Patients at Two New York Pediatric Hospitals


As inclement weather and the threat of a hurricane made its way up the east coast, Mauli Ola Foundation was forced to cancel their MOF Surf Experience Day event that was scheduled for September 2010 on Montauk, Long Island. Instead, the MOF crew and their volunteers chose to focus their collective energies on lifting the spirits of children in the pediatric units of New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center at Long Island Jewish Hospital.

“We stopped at a total of fourteen children’s hospitals as we made our way through the 2010 MOF national surf tour, and the hospital visits have been every bit as important to us as our surfing events,” explains MOF Surf Experience Director Bobby Serna.

Many of the celebrated pro-surfers who took part in the 2010 national MOF Surf Experience Day tour were at the two New York hospitals on September 3rd and 5th to participate in various uplifting festivities with the young patients. “At New York’s Presbyterian Hospital we did arts and crafts with the patients,” recalls Serna.  Pro-surfers Gavin Beschen, Kalani Robb, Hans Hagen and Morgan Faulkner were all there building surf board door hangers with the kids. At LIJ’s Steven & Alexandra Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center, MOF and their volunteers participated in art therapy with the pediatric patients as Shawn “Barney” Barron brought a beach vibe to the hospital.  “Barney was teaching the kids to draw sea life and ocean themed art,” recalls Serna.  All of the surfers signed posters for patients and gave away promotional items as gifts.

According to Bobby Serna, “At Cohen’s they do art therapy and music therapy with these kids. The child life nurse took us over to a closet filled with instruments and Gavin Beschen commented that when playing an instrument, both the left and right sides of the brain are working simultaneously, which is naturally therapeutic for neurological patients.”

As Mauli Ola Foundation outlines in their mission statement, they are resolutely focused on bringing healing and inspiration to children and young adults with various genetic disorders and debilitating diseases through the use of natural treatments; Cystic Fibrosis is their flagship cause.  “When we visit hospitals, we visit all of pediatrics as that is in line with our mission statement,” explains Serna.   He continues, “CF patients are generally not hospitalized full time. They are in and out as they require specific treatments or for complications related to Cystic Fibrosis.”

And as for MOF’s 2010 Surf Experience Day on Montauk, Long Island that was derailed by an impending hurricane, “We’re gonna come back to Long Island in 2011 to make it up to them!” assures Serna.

Visit www.mauliola.org for their 2011 Surf Experience Day event schedule.