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August 2, 2013


August 2, 2013

I first became a fan of COARE when I was doing research on sharks and shark conservation, etc. I was in Destin, Florida in 2005 when a girl was killed in a shark attack, in the very same spot my kids had been swimming 15 minutes prior to her attack. After that it seemed everyone was on a 'shark hunt' of sorts. Catching and killing sharks off of the pier or out on charters. Then when the Blacktips migrated in such large numbers a few years ago, I wanted to see what organizations were out there, and had settled upon the idea of creating my own. I knew starting my own organization was going to be quite an undertaking, especially since I am pretty far inland, and I don't think we've ever had a shark attack here in Ohio. But seeing people from all over, even friends of mine, posting pictures on facebook, etc. of the shark they caught on vacation, or poking at sea turtle eggs with sticks...it was just sad and infuriating. I was then diagnosed with Cancer in August 2011, had surgery and treatment in September 2011, and my advocacy group was put on the back burner. But I continued to follow Christopher's work, and a few select other groups that I felt had the same feelings and objectives that I do. I became a fan of COARE because of the goals and objectives, then became a fan of Christopher's and his work because it is evident that he has a passion for what he does and it's not just a job he does from 9-5. That makes all of the difference in the world. I whole-heartedly support not only what Christopher and COARE do but how they go about doing it.

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