For those with cystic fibrosis, there's a litany of medicines to be taken every morning and night.
For Rob and Paulette Montelone, it's triple the dosage as they distribute the medication to the three of their five children who have the disease. They also apply a shaking vest on them that loosens the damaging mucus that builds up and scars their lungs.
On Thursday morning, the family found themselves at the Back Bay for a different kind of medicine.
Beaming and snapping pictures of their children stand-up paddleboarding, the Yorba Linda couple said inhaling the saline mist from saltwater reduces the disease's damage.
"It's like God's medicine, really," Rob Montelone said. "Doing sports like this … really prolongs [their] life."
The Montelone kids were among 18 with the life-threatening disease learning how to paddleboard at the Newport Aquatic Center as part of the Miracles for Kids day camp.
This year is the first that the group has partnered with a public safety organization. The Newport Beach police and fire associations will sponsor families in the area, helping with mortgage, car payments or groceries if the family is cash-strapped because of mounting medical expenses.