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 Cystic Fibrosis. 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 Cystic Fibrosis 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.
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 Cystic Fibrosis 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!