Vanessa Calas wrote -
The Guardians of the Gulf Stream are Vanessa, Aldo, Thong, and Ben. An unlikely group coming together from Tampa, West Palm Beach, and Norhtern Ireland, the four friends are united by their desire to conquer the Gulf Stream and raise awareness and funds for CF.
About our team
Vanessa Calás is a West Palm Beach native and two-time veteran volunteer for the Crossing For A Cure. She has participated the past two years volunteering for the event with her dad, Frank, as a new Father's Day Weekend tradition.
She is partipating in the Crossing this year because she loves the people it has brought into her life, and she loves the Gulf Stream.
The Crossing For A Cure 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.