We are a CF family, fighting for other CF families.

Our vision for Piper's Angels is to provide the most innovative social solutions to support the CF community. We want to rally our CF community to support each other and bring forth compassion and love as tools for dissolving the isolating barriers of this disease and manifesting a brighter future for all people with CF.
We encourage those who are fighting this battle courageously to reach out to us with ideas on how we can better serve our community.

Piper is our inspiration and guiding light. By empowering her, we hope to lift the hearts of others.
Gunther Schwartz

Piper Suit
CF Warrior


Our Story

Committee
Can a small organization and the support of a local community make a dent in a terminal disease that affects tens of thousands of people across the US and globe?

When Piper’s Angels first started, we didn’t set out on a mission to prove that a local community could change the narrative of an entire nation. We couldn’t anticipate the depth of voice we would have for those with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease of the lungs and other organs.

Rather, Piper’s Angels set out with a single, simple goal: To inspire personal action that would improve the lives of those in the cystic fibrosis community.

Motivated by the strength of his daughter Piper, Travis Suit built Piper’s Angels to improve the lives of patients and empower their family members. The traumatic experience of a child’s diagnosis with a terminal illness launched him into action to build an organization driven by passion, purpose and love.

Piper’s Angels found its wings with the Crossing For A Cure. Travis learned that saltwater therapy helps those with cystic fibrosis, therefore he created an 80-mile paddle boarding event to spread awareness, raise money, and enrich the lives of those affected by cystic fibrosis.

In just a few years, the event has grown on a tremendous scale. The first Crossing For A Cure was just Travis and three friends, raising $15,000 for the cystic fibrosis Foundation. By the third event in 2018, over 100 paddlers participated, raising $282,500 for the newly formed Piper’s Angels Foundation.

Yet Piper’s Angels is rooted as a local charity. We are based in Palm Beach County, host a world-class Palm Beach County event, and produce a radio show that broadcasts out of Palm Beach County. We attribute our exponential growth and success to the strong, giving community of supporters behind us in the Palm Beach County area.

Despite our local roots, we’ve created significant national impact. Piper’s Angels has created a new and engaging way to educate about cystic fibrosis and provide support to families. Through complete transparency and a genuine spirit, we have established a foothold in the national conversation.

For example, this year the hurricanes in Florida caused mass power outages, disrupting cystic fibrosis patients’ ability to access their nebulizers. When a care center realized medical insurance doesn’t cover portable nebulizers, they reached out to us. We quickly responded with financial support to buy portable nebulizers, delivering on our promise to help provide the best quality of life to patients and families living with cystic fibrosis.

The local-national dichotomy of Piper’s Angels is what makes us special. We aid cystic fibrosis families across the nation, but we’re small enough to empathize and address needs on an individual basis and local level.

Up until now, Piper’s Angels has grown our reach with just two full-time employees and an army of dedicated, caring volunteers...our 'Army of Angels'.

Still, there’s so much left to do. Our objective is to generate a wider reach with greater sustainability for the Crossing For A Cure and the organization as a whole. Our small organization has made a national and global impact organically, and now is the time to take this influence to the next level. With our track record of success, the groundwork is in place to make a far-reaching impact in the cystic fibrosis community. Your assistance will allow us to amplify our event, grow the breadth of our programs, and increase fundraising to empower the remarkable families in the cystic fibrosis community.

We thank you for helping us to Inspire Every Breath!

Meet the Board of Directors

Travis Suit

Travis Suit, Founder & Executive Director, Board Member, 3X Crossing Crusader

“It is an honor to serve as an advocate for the cystic fibrosis community. We are a cf family fighting for other cf families. Our mission is personal; one we cannot walk away from. Focusing on innovative solutions to help improve lives, is a necessity for us on the path of CF.”

Gary Stellges

Board Member & Treasurer

“Being part of the Piper’s Angels Foundation has been an extremely humbling and rewarding experience. It is amazing to watch salt water communities across the country rally in support of the cystic fibrosis patients and families.”

Nikki Stellges

Board Member & Secretary

"As Piper’s Aunt, I am so grateful to be part of the incredible energy, compassion and effort being poured into Travis’ vision and along with the entire Crossing Family, the Piper’s Angels Foundation is loving, helping and supporting CF patients and families. This Foundation is leading change in the world. The greatest gift and most amazing feeling is knowing that Piper and our family and every CF warrior will never be alone in the fight against CF."

Shane Pompa

Board Member, 2X Crossing Crusader

“Participating in the first Crossing in 2013 was an incredible and intimidating experience. It’s amazing to see how far it’s come!”

Meet the Staff

Travis Suit

Travis Suit

Executive Director
Aiyana Sugarman

Aiyana Sugerman

Assistant Director
Sean Tims

Sean Tims

Director, Salt Supply

Advisors to the Board

Jimmy Buffett

Singer, Songwriter, Businessman

David Alan

Business Entrepreneur

Chris McDermott

McCloskey Financial Group

Jennifer Napolitano

Owner, Full Circle Recovery

Kevin Spina

Owner, Spina Group, Inc.

Lea Heaton

Owner, Restaurant Entrepreneur

Liz Mirson

F45 Training, Inc.

Matti Anttila

Owner, Endless Summer Rum

Megan Casabe

Tenet Health, Social Worker

Melanie Cabot

Philanthropy

Patrick Walsh

CEO, Town Sports International

Paul Smolcheck

Supply Force, Dir. of Business Dev.

Sean Dunleavy

Commercial Airline Pilot

Trey Mahoney

Financial Advisor, UBS

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