Father paddles from Bahamas for daughter battling illness
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Family and friends gathered and waited on Sunday for the arrival of Travis Suit and his three buddies, known as Piper's Angels.
"He's attained this wealth of support from the community and all the other paddlers, Shane, Joe and Kyle who joined him, and we have been waiting all night," said Suit's sister, Nikki Stelleges.
They paddled from the Bahamas to the inlet at Lake Worth in honor of finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, a disease that affects Suit's daughter, Piper.
Within minutes, the men arrived, tired and sunburned. After 90 miles, Suit talked about his trek across the ocean for his 5-year-old daughter. "It was really the highlight and connection between the ocean and the healing benefits of what it can do for people living with cystic fibrosis," he said. "The last 20 hours of our lives, we really went through some suffering, but it compares to nothing to people living with the disease their whole life and what they have to go through."
Suit hopes he can educate others about the disease and inform them how important it is that more gets done to help those seeking daily treatment.
Those battling cystic fibrosis need multiple treatments every day to break up the mucus on their lungs, helping them breathe easier. Something that is costly for most families. "Any CF kid that you meet, they always have an incredible outlook on life, and it's because they go through their breathing treatments and medications every day they live with more of a sense of urgency," said Suit.
The weather was not the best from the Bahamas, but nothing could stop this father from fighting for his daughter. "He paddled 90 miles," said Stelleges.
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