Crossing for a Cure – the realities behind Cystic Fibrosis and what a group of paddlers are doing about it

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The sound of your own breath is something we probably take for granted. Inhale, exhale. No biggie, right?  Well, for the folks with Cystic Fibrosis, that process is a little more complicated.  Here’s the story of a dad and a group of passionate paddlers who are literally willing to do the work – an 80 mile all night paddle from Bimini in the Bahamas to the Florida Coast – in order to raise money for families struggling with CF.

“Inspiring stories of love through action.”

This is the story of Crossing for a Cure. These are Piper’s Angels. Sign up for this year’s event on Father’s Day weekend: June 15th, 2019 or sponsor a paddler to participate in one great way water people are coming together to make a difference.

Did you know that breathing salt air helps combat the bacteria growing in the lungs of people with Cystic Fibrosis?  It helps them live longer, breath better and live more quality, productive lives.

“The ocean is our friend. And having easy access to the ocean as a tool to help people with Cystic Fibrosis is why this event was created.”

Crossing an Ocean for a Cure:  June 15th, 2019

Crossing for a Cure is the story of commitment. This 80-mile open water crossing to raise awareness for families who struggle with Cystic Fibrosis takes paddlers on a journey that is about so much more than physical endurance.

“You’re crazy for love and you’re crazy for passion. You’re crazy for inspiration. And you’re crazy for … a WHY.”

Boldness in the Face of Fear:  An 80-Mile Crossing

In the Summer of 2011, Travis Suit received the news that his 4-year-old daughter Piper held the gene that caused Cystic Fibrosis. He immediately realized he would get involved in the larger frame to educate others about this debilitating disease that often leaves families suffering in financial hardship.

He and a group of friends made the first crossing in 2013 from the Bahamas to the Florida mainland to raise awareness for everyone living in the CF community.  Today, that effort has grown into a movement incorporating 100+ paddlers and countless volunteers, benefactors and loved ones who come together each year to participate in Crossing for a Cure.

Crossing for a Cure:  The Gift of Choice to Persevere

An extraordinary community evolved.  As represented in the 2018 documentary above, “Epic Love”, by Talia Schizzano of Tallymark Productions, the Crossing has become an epic journey for the individuals who partake in it.

Working together through the night to complete the crossing within a 17 hour span, boat support, volunteers, sponsors and paddlers draw a line of commitment between each other to persevere in the face of hardship in order to show their heart to the CF community. This makes each paddle stroke an act of community, commitment and faith for those families who struggle with the disease.

80,000 in Cash Prizes for Competitive Paddlers

As well as being a fundraising event, the 2019 Crossing for a Cure is also the International Championship for Cystic Fibrosis. Sponsorships to help this deeply felt cause, celebrate the paddlers out in front with $3,000-$5,000 prize pockets for winners.  See details on the Crossing for a Cure’s website.

You can participate by committing to paddle (training support is available via website) or sponsoring a paddler. Each individual who participates is asked to raise a minimum of $1,500 for Piper’s Foundation, the non-profit set up by Travis Suit to support the families of this CF community.

You can become a VIRTUAL PADDLER, and help fund raise from your own home. Or come on down to support/volunteer.  The 2019 Crossing is currently seeking boat support from the Florida community to help keep paddlers safe.

The event is open to all styles of paddling vessels. Stand up paddleboards (14′, 12’6 & unlimited), prone paddleboards, OC-1, OC-2, OC-6, Surfski, Kayak single, Kayak double, Rowing single & Dory are all welcome.  Paddlers are expected to secure their own accommodations in Bimini and relay teams are asked to find their boat support.

The community is strong and help is available on every level to support paddlers make this epic journey for Piper’s Angels.  You can reach out with questions through the Crossing for a Cure website or give us a shout at Standup Journal and we’ll do everything we can to help ya!

Stay tuned for MORE updates on this special event and vital crossing. Crossing for a Cure is truly one of the ways paddlers are using their powers for GOOD.  Aloha!


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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.