Kevin Spina, at front, shows his paddle board style while traveling from Bimini to Palm Beach as part of the Piper’s Angels Foundation’s 2018 Crossing for a Cure. He and his brother Kraig, in the background, helped raise more than $26,000 to fight cystic fibrosis.
PALM BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Spina is no stranger to athletic competitions. He’s is an avid runner and cyclist, having completed over 20 marathons and numerous triathlons. Most of the competitions raised money for different charities.
“I’ve been involved in different fundraising groups when I did marathons years ago, such as the Achilles Foundation and the Leukemia Foundation,” says Spina, of the Keyes Company’s Spina Group in Palm Beach. “You’re lucky in life, so you give back.”
However, the biggest challenge was the one he recently completed in the summer of 2018. Along with a fleet of stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers and board enthusiasts, Spina, accompanied by his brother Kraig, crossed the Gulf Stream in the middle of the night to help raise $26,390 to help fight cystic fibrosis during the Piper’s Angels Foundation’s 2018 Crossing for a Cure. The team exceeded their goal by more than $6,000.
In just 15 hours, the Spina brothers completed the 75-nautical mile journey from Bimini to Palm Beach on stand-up paddle boards. Crossing for a Cure was started by Travis Suit, whose daughter, Piper, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of four. This year, the event raised more than $250,000 towards inspiring action and improving the lives of those impacted by the disorder.
Spina says, “I met Travis when I was in the Bahamas last year at the time this event was taking place. I’ve become friends with him and am proud to raise money for such a good cause.”
So, how does one go from running and biking to paddle boarding?
“I was looking for something new, because I’m not able to run like I used to, so I started paddle boarding,” Spina says.” My brother and I trained. Every weekend, we did a long paddle of 30 to 38 miles. However, we didn’t have to deal with a lot of currents like we did during the actual event.”
His brother, Kraig, isn’t in real estate. “He is a water person though,” adds Spina. “He (Kraig) surfs and rides bikes on dirt courses.”
“Our Keyes family is about more than just real estate,” said Mike Pappas, president and CEO of The Keyes Company. “It’s always great to see members of our family raising money and awareness for important causes, and Kevin’s dedication to Crossing for a Cure perfectly epitomizes our company values.”
The Keyes Company holds several philanthropic Keyes Cares initiatives throughout the year to give back in the six counties where the brokerage operates. With a variety of events on different scales, such as the Keyes Cares Walter Reyes Memorial Golf Tournament, the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, partnering with Move for Hunger, the Wounded Warrior Project and Over the Edge event, Keyes hopes to spark innovative, passionate ideas to encourage community service among its 3,500 associates.