Team Shark Bait is a team of young professionals working at E Sciences together. Joined together by their desire to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis and their love for ocean adventure, this team is excited to take on all the challenges the Crossing for a Cure journey has to offer.
Team Shark Bait will also be paddling in memory of Thad Rice. Thad represented the paddling community well. He participated in the South Florida Association of Environmental Professional’s Florida Master Naturalist classes, where he met Shark Bait team member Jen and the owner of Florida Bay Outfitters. He worked at Florida Bay outfitters for over 3 years, where he expanded his knowledge and skills in paddling and was always happy and willing to pass them on to fellow paddlers. He loved all types of paddling – sea kayaks, SUPs, and the racing Krueger canoe he was paddling in the Everglades Challenge when he passed away. His memory will always be in our hearts. Paddle on Thad.
The Crossing For A Cure is a long-distance endurance paddle challenge that takes paddlers 70 miles across the Gulfstream from Bimini in the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland. 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.