This summer in an effort to help raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that critically affects the lungs, Dano the Mano (Announcer of Professional Wakeboarding’s “King of Wake” series), and Duncan Toys have joined forces with three-time Woman’s World Wakeboard Champion and two-time Queen of Wake Nicola Butler in her campaign to fight the debilitating disease.
In late January 2013, Nicola lost her best friend Cianne Naji to Cystic Fibrosis. Ci was an athlete, an artist, a person who lived her life to the fullest and Nicola was inspired to start something in Ci’s honor. In this spirit the Ride For Ci was born. RideforCi.com is a place where people can donate to help cure CF, learn more about the disease, and find out more about Cianne’s story. In addition to awareness efforts there will be Ride for Ci events to help link the wakeboard and CF communities in hopes of finding a cure together.
Duncan Toys has donated 1000 yo-yo’s to be sold throughout the 2013 season with 100% of the money supporting the Ride for Ci campaign. Dano the Mano will be selling these Genuine Duncan Yo-Yo’s which have special artwork designed by Nicola herself, throughout the season at most events he will attend. A limited amount are also available online through www.perfski.com.
Update from Dano:
“Dano the Mano here, and I just wanted to give a quick update on how the “Ride for Ci” charity efforts are going. It’s been about two months now since Duncan Toys sent out 1000 “Ride for Ci” charity Ignite yo-yos. Since Mid-April, I’m proud to say about half or more the yo-yos have sold, and already more then $3000 has already been donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As of today we have more then three quarters of the $5000 goal! Support has been unreal so far! We’ve sold out at just about every event I’ve been to this year already, including the Nautique Wake Games and Masters, two stops on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, the Malibu Riders Experience, and Performance Ski & Surfs Gravel Tour. Now there are still plenty of yo-yos, and events as the summer is just officially starting.”