On June 27th, I will be paddling 82+ miles from Bimini to West Palm, Florida (Crossing For A Cure) to raise money for Piper's Angels , an organization that supports those living with Cystic Fibrosis. I respectfully ask that you donate what you can. The end goal is to inspire a fuller and longer life. Inspire Every Breath.
CYSTIC FIBROSIS: NUMBERS THAT ADD PERSPECTIVE
Currently, there are more than 30,000 people in the United States living with Cystic Fibrosis.
The average life expectancy of a person with Cystic Fibrosis in the U.S. is approximately 37.5 years.
In 1962, the average life expectancy of a child with Cystic Fibrosis was just 10 years old.
Progress has been made, but we have much work to do. And this is where Crossing For A Cure comes in.
CROSSING FOR A CURE
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.
Crossing For A Cure, benefits Piper's Angels, a foundation started in 2011 when Travis learned that his daughter, Piper, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.
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.
WHY I'M PADDLING 82+ Miles on June 27th
Life is tough enough with all the challenges we have to face every day. Some challenges are harder than others, but with determination and grit, focus on an end goal, most are able to make progress. However, how do you do this when the simple act of breathing, taking a breath, is difficult. I was touched when I read about Pipers Angels and the work they do to help those with Cystic Fibrosis.
Imagine the simple, basic life requirement of breathing being a fundamental, everyday problem. We often take much for granted, especially the things we don't think about - the everyday things that you just expect. Everyone, especially kids, should get a fighting chance. We all have challenges and things to overcome. However, breathing usually isn't one of them.
I have always liked the saying -- "Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes. " Travis Suit has made a decision to make a change. I have decided to do my part and lend a hand. Now I am hoping others will join me and contribute and donate to a worthy cause and organization
"YOU, ME, OR NOBODY IS GONNA HIT AS HARD AS LIFE. BUT IT AIN'T HOW HARD YOU HIT; IT'S ABOUT HOW HARD YOU CAN GET HIT, AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD."
Here's to all those living with cystic fibrosis and who keep fighting, and most importantly, who keep living. Rocky would be proud!!!