We are currently two female Ocean Rescue guards, Shannon Snell (21) and Mikaela Aponte (23), working with the City of Fort Lauderdale. On June 15th, we will be participating in what is called the Crossing for a Cure, a crossing from the Bahamas to Florida.
We are one of the first all-female Ocean Rescue relay team to compete on prone 12ft stock prone boards. An 80-mile prone paddle from Bimini, Bahamas to Lake Worth, Florida to raise awareness and money for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breath over time. CF blocks up the organs, eventually leading to respiratory failure. This Crossing started due to the health benefits that the ocean has gives to those that are live with CF. Travis Suits is the creator of this movement, as his daughter, Piper, was diagnosed with CF at the age four and is now in living her teens.
To tell you a short background on ourselves, Shannon Snell has a wealth of experience in track and field, as well as the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA). Starting at the age of eight with Junior Guards, she became one of the top competitors in the USLA. Shannon has participated in events allowing her to travel internationally, representing the USLA team. Mikaela Aponte was part of the first all-women’s swim team for the University of West Florida. She not only has competed for UWF but has also participated in international open water events.
We want to be able to raise awareness, and race for those that are inflicted by cystic fibrosis. As ocean rescue lifeguards and athletes, this is the ultimate way we can not only race and compete, but also give back and be part of a good cause.
Thank you for any donations in advance!