On Saturday, June 17th West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority Executive Director, New Urbanist guru, and all around nice guy, Raphael Clemente will be participating in what promises to be an amazing adventure for a great cause!
Raphael has been training for the last few months to undertake a 50 mile Paddle from Binini to Dania Beach, FL. The trip is a fundraiser to help those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis & he needs our support.
Here are the details from Raphael Clemente:
“This long-distance endurance stand up paddleboard challenge will take paddlers across the Gulfstream from the island of Bimini in the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland. There are several individuals, including myself, who are doing the entire 50+ miles of the open ocean paddle solo. There are also other groups that will be covering the distance as relay teams.
There has been a tremendous outpouring of interest in this event, including local boaters who have signed on the provide support for the paddlers and event team during the crossing, as well as nearly $90,000 in donations to date. The best part of this bold event is that every penny raised will go to support individuals and families battle Cystic Fibrosis, and to support research to find cure for this awful disease.
The event was created by Travis Suit, who was inspired by of the incredible health benefits of the ocean for those living with Cystic Fibrosis. Travis’s 9 year-old daughter, Piper, was diagnosed with CF when she was just four years old. The fundraising goal of this event is $100,000 – and we are almost there! If you would consider donating this this very worthy cause it would be greatly appreciate and would be just that much more motivation for me to cover what will be a very big stretch of ocean on a SUP! The crossing will be shared “live” on Facebook the day of the event.
Donations can be made by going to my fundraising page: https://www.crowdrise.com/raphael-clemente-crossing-for-a-cure.
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.