WHAT WE DO

Surfing Therapy

We hold surf lessons and provide everything for CF patients and two of their closest friends/family needed to learn how to surf. Located in Folly Beach, SC, sessions are scheduled every weekend from May 1st through September 30th. Our qualified surf instructors have years of experience in the water and are certified in CPR. Any CF patient or legal guardian of a patient can contact us to inquire about this offer.  See you in the water!

Fund Raising and Awareness

It is our goal, mission, and intention, to raise as much money as possible for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This is accomplished both through private donations and 3rd Street Society sponsored fundraising events. We are also on a mission to raise awareness about the disease and carrier genetics through as many outlets as possible.

Environment

In addition to providing natural therapy services and raising funds for cystic fibrosis research, we also place an importance on doing our part to reduce trash and plastics in our environment.  We hold quarterly highway cleanups on Folly Beach through the South Carolina Adopt-a-Highway Program.

 

OUR STORY

What is CF?

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects approximately 30,000 people in the U.S. and 70,000 people worldwide. It causes the production of thick mucus, which eventually clogs the lungs and can lead to a variety of lung infections. Furthermore, this disease also affects the pancreas, disabling digestive enzymes to break and absorb food.

 

Why Surfing?

Past studies have led scientists to conclude that inhaling concentrated salt water (hypertonic saline) mist provided benefits to adults and children suffering from CF. Moreover, Australian doctors observed that young surfers with cystic fibrosis had significantly healthier lungs.

 

Our Start

3rd Street Society was founded by two childhood friends, one of which has the disease, in an effort to encourage and promote surfing to any CF patients that wish to learn. Our mission is to provide CF patients and their families everything they need to learn how to surf and reap the natural benefits the ocean can provide.

OUR MISSION

The 3rd Street Society provides cystic fibrosis patients the opportunity to engage in surfing, a natural therapy supplement to traditional treatments, while raising awareness and research funds for the disease.

 

OUR VISION

The 3rd Street Society strives to directly and substantially contribute to the health and happiness of cystic fibrosis patients until a cure is found.

 

OUR VALUES

SAFETY

Safety is our number one priority in all that we do. We follow and adhere to the event guidelines set forth by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) for any hosted 3rd Street Society event. All 3rd Street Society water sports or ocean activities will be accompanied by skilled CPR certified instructors who have cleared background checks.

 

INSPIRE

We strive to inspire cystic fibrosis patients and their families to engage in and encourage fitness as a foundation to a healthier lifestyle. Introducing patients to the joy and benefits relating to the mind, body, and soul that come from surfing in our beautiful ocean.

 

COMMUNITY

3rd Street Society wishes to provide a hub for the cystic fibrosis community including patients, healthcare professionals, and supporters. Ideally creating an environment that fosters networking, learning, and sharing experiences.

TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to providing an open and accountable organization that is dedicated to serving the needs of the cystic fibrosis community.

 
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