For Tom Cronin and Toby Green, there’s nothing like a new challenge and a little adventure. Combining that thrill with the mission to raise awareness for a great cause makes it that much better. Which is why this month, the duo is going to attempt to ride a Personal Water Craft (PWC) from Wades Beach on Shelter Island, NY to the Florida Keys and over to the Bahamas, before riding home to Shelter Island.
The purpose of the trip is to spread awareness of Scleroderma, a rare skin disease. If the two are able to complete the trip, they will set a new Guinness record.
Through a journey he’s called “Go the Distance for Julia,” Tom and his lifelong friend, Toby, are looking to raise awareness of a rare medical condition called scleroderma. Julia, Tom’s 8-year-old great niece, is one of approximately 300,000 Americans who suffer from the disease, according to the Scleroderma Foundation. It’s a chronic connective tissue disease for which there currently is no cure, often recognized by the hardening of the skin.
Weather permitting, the two hope to complete the trip up and down the East Coast in about two weeks. They plan to depart on the morning of June 30, with hopes that their trip will bring attention to the cause. Julia will even be flying all the way from California to participate in a heartwarming send-off.
Currently, Tom and Toby have raised nearly $12,000 of his $15,000 goal for the trip. These donations will help fund their supplies, gear, fuel, and any necessary repairs and other expenses that the pair may have during the trip, according to the Go Fund Me page. Any remaining funds will go to the Scleroderma Foundation, with the goal of raising $50,000. Tom encourages those who can afford a generous donation to give to the Scleroderma Foundation, which can be made here .
Since the entire trip will be out in the open ocean, Sea Tow Services International has provided Tom and Toby with EPIRBs to bring on their PWCs. This device will alert search-and-rescue services in the event of an emergency.
Sea Tow captains along the coast will be available to help the two lifelong friends on their historic journey, ready 24 hours a day for whatever the trip may bring.
We wish the best of luck to Tom and Toby and thank our Sea Tow captains who plan to help with this important cause!