When Travis Suit's daughter, Piper, was diagnosed at the age of four with an aggressive form of CF known as the double delta F508 gene, he knew he had to do something big to help her survive.
Shortly after her diagnosis, Travis started Piper's Angels to raise funds and awareness for the life threatening disease. Equipped with the knowledge that there is no known cure, Travis - an avid paddle boarder and surfer, is a believer of its natural healing powers of the ocean. He wondered whether there might be a link between the salt water and this disease. He was right.
According to researchers, the inhaled mist of salt water has a therapeutic effect on the lung problems associated with the disease. The water layer promotes the clearance of the naturally occurring mucus that the body uses to trap harmful bacteria, viruses and other foreign particles. Scientists are optimistic that the therapy will reduce how often patients are ill, and will slow the decline of lung function over time, thus extending their lifespan.
“We were devastated when Piper was diagnosed with CF. As a dad, to hear that your child is suffering from a disease with an average life expectancy of about 38-years-old, you really feel the weight of the world,” said Suit. “When we heard about the effects that salt water has on the lungs, we knew we had to get her in the ocean immediately. It doesn’t cure the disease, but she doesn’t suffer nearly as much, and we’re hoping that instilling a lifelong love for the ocean will keep her alive as long as possible. That’s why we started Crossing For A Cure. We want to make sure that everyone who suffers from CF knows that salt water can help, and provide them access to enjoy it.”
The team, which will be led by Travis Suit, includes Palm Beach restaurateur, Nick Coniglio, and Director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Raphael Clemente. The team will depart from Bimini Big Game Club in the Bahamas, and aim to touch land at the Dania Beach Pier, 300 N Beach Rd, Dania Beach, Fl. However, due to the weather events that may change the course and final destination of landfall, supporters are encouraged to monitor the Crossing For A Cure Facebook page, which will have real time updates and information.
The long distance endurance challenge has already raised over $50,000. The team, led by Travis, will be departing from the Clematis Street docks in front of E.R. Bradley's on Thursday at 8am. Join us to wish them bon voyage!
Crossing For A Cure sponsors include: Tealixir, Power Design, McCloskey Financial Group, Bimini Big Game Club, Sun Bum, Tropically Impaired, JP Australia, Chasin A Dream Photography, Drala Group, Hoorag, Ocean Tec, LockRack, Shark Addicts, Bluewater Towers, The One Piece Plan, Blueline Surf & Paddle, Phase 9, Stephen Johnson Framing. For more information about Crossing For A Cure, or to make a donation, please visit www.crossingforacure.com, or contact Travis Suit at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 561-246-0205.