Just keep paddlin'...
While shooting TV episodes in Miami, Tena and I dashed over to South Beach on our day off.
Lugging our rented paddle boards across the sand we noticed our dainty Lifeguard suiting up in rescue mode. The waves were high and we didn't appear to be paddle board maestros. Who Us?
Cynthia Aguilar had a gentle spirit and kind smile. As we chatted, asking her tips on boarding, we soon found out...
...she had paddle boarded (arms only, no paddle) 130 miles from Cuba to Miami to raise money for Make A Wish Foundation! We were mesmerized by her passion for life!
Though her first attempt to cross was overcome by harsh waters and jellyfish stings after 17 hours, this tiny gal was not going to be stopped!
She raised the funds again, and a year later, with no sleep and only basic provisions given by a follow boat, she successfully made the crossing 29 hours!
Cynthia said "My goal was to show one person can make a difference and you should never give up hope."
Just keep paddlin! As she waved us off.
To learn more about this amazing woman and her non-profit organization, visit her website at keeppaddlin.org
I find everyday I live & breathe to be a gift.