The Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis
June 23rd – 27th, 2021
About the Crossing For Cystic Fibrosis:
The Crossing For Cystic Fibrosis is a long-distance endurance paddle challenge and international championship that takes paddlers 80 miles across the Gulf Stream from Bimini in the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland in Lake Worth. The event was inspired because of the incredible health benefits of the Ocean for those living with cystic fibrosis. Travis Suit’s daughter Piper was diagnosed with CF when she was four years old.
About Cystic Fibrosis:
Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic 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.
Julie Allen, Green Tara Yoga Teacher and Paddler:
Paddling has been my passion since the very first time I was on a SUP in 2011 & I’ve grown with the community offering lessons, tours, SUP Yoga & nature retreats. Paired with my passion for Karma Yoga, the practice outreach and support, this event — its cause & its family-like community — have captured my heart! Your donations go to cystic fibrosis families in need of financial support and it is an honor to be able to rally the community in such an exciting way. In addition to paddling & fundraising, I am also an Assistant to the Director of Mentorship on the Volunteer Planning Committee. 2021 will be my third year participating in the Crossing For Cystic Fibrosis & I am excited to make my (very likely) final attempt to paddle the entire distance as a “rec solo” paddler. If you’d like to follow my training journey, please follow me on insta: @jaharts or facebook: www.facebook.com/jahartspage.