This summer I am challenging myself to paddle 80 miles across the open ocean from Bimini, Bahamas to Lake Worth, FL to help raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis. The ocean has given so many of us a place to heal. On my journey of paddle boarding adventures I stumbled upon the Pipers Angels community. These are some of the most selfless and compassionate people I have ever come across.
I am very excited to take on this challenge. There are so many ways in life that we can help others. It is important for me to continuously push myself to be the best me for myself, my family and my community. I'm asking that you help me complete this challenge by making a contribution to help me meet my fundraising goal. Thank you for helping! Together we can make a difference.
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.