On August 14, 2020 I was brought to tears reading about The Crossing For A Cure, an event which coalesces my wholistic passion for stand up paddle boarding with my intense love for my family. I was reminded how very fortunate I am to be alive and well, surrounded by the presence and unconditional love of my beautiful wife and 4 incredible, healthy children. It was then that I made drastic personal changes, driven by the goal of participating in the crossing, to utilize my gifts in order to help children and families affected by this disease. In that moment I acknowledged that I had zero excuses to NOT live my fullest potential every moment of every day, taking zero for granted, until my last dying breath. I am asking you, my beloved family and friends, to join me in supporting this cause by doing your part and donating now.
The Crossing For A Cure is a long-distance endurance paddle challenge and international championship that takes paddlers 80 miles across the Gulf Stream from Bimini in the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland in Lake Worth. The event was inspired because of the incredible health benefits of the Ocean for those living with cystic fibrosis. Travis Suit's daughter Piper was diagnosed with CF when she was four years old.
About cystic fibrosis
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. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.