About Salt Air Jam

Salt Air Jam is an event to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The 2015 event was the first and was held in North Myrtle Beach, SC at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex. Salt Air Jam has become an annual event and continues to raise awareness and gather donations for Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a progressive, genetic (still terminal) disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

The organizers of Salt Air Jam learned about the challenges facing CF patients when Eli Gilder was born. Eli is the grandson of (organizer) Jeff Gilder and son of Dustin and Misty Gilder. Eli has CF and is very fortunate that his CF was discovered at birth. Eli has been able to receive the best in care from his family and MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina). Expenses for normal care, medications, and treatment can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars annually per patient. While there are programs available to offset the costs of care, medication, and treatment of CF patients who are hospitalized, patients who manage to avoid hospitalization are faced with fewer choices. Approval for financial assistance is (purposely) virtually impossible without the help of knowledgeable social workers and / or attorneys.

It is the goal for Salt Air Jam to raise awareness, gather donations, and be a force to help find a cure for this disease. We will have a 501-C3 non-profit corporation (Salt Air Foundation) in place soon….our next step in making a difference. You can make a difference by supporting Salt Air Jam. You can also make a difference by making a donation at https://tribute.tributecff.org/saltairjam.