Piper’s Paddle Party Picnic – get ready for Crossing for a Cure

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Piper is a 10-year-old dynamic young lady who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 4.  Her dad, Travis Suit, discovered hope and inspiration in the healing benefits of salt water for Cystic Fibrosis patients.

After learning to paddle and surf as a natural and fun way of healing for Piper, Travis Suit’s mission expanded in 2013 when he completed his first 75-mile paddle – the Crossing for a Cure – as a personal challenge to raise awareness for the disease.

Piper’s Paddle Party Picnic celebrates this year’s Crossing for a Cure

This endurance paddle, which also served as a demonstration to Piper of how one can overcome life challenges and face fear, has now evolved into a movement that celebrates personal empowerment every year as a fundraiser and group paddle that spans the distance between the Bahamas to Lake Worth, Florida.

Crossing for a Cure Travis Suit Piper
Crossing for a Cure A-Team: Founder Travis Suit and Piper

Paddle crossing inspires community

“From paddlers to volunteers, to boat captains, this is a monumental effort and it’s amazing to see so many people come together to challenge themselves and each other,” said Suit.

“I love watching people get excited about this and spreading the positive message of making the most out of circumstances we face.”

Crossing for a Cure
Leaving in the dead of night to cross from Bimini to Florida is the passage for these paddlers determined to make a difference in the lives of others.

Piper’s Angels Foundation offers awareness through paddling

Suit has since created the Piper’s Angels Foundation which sponsors the Crossing for a Cure each year in June.  This year, on Saturday June 16th, 2018 on Father’s Day weekend, over 75 paddlers and 25 boats will take to the water with the mission of raising $250,000 for families struggling with Cystic Fibrosis.

“This endurance paddle also serves as a demonstration to Piper of how one can overcome life challenges and face fear”

The video above, produced by Talia Schizzano of Tallymark Productions, is a testament to the community which surrounds Piper and Travis Suit.  The community comes out to play, challenge each other and watch over one another.  Piper’s Paddle Picnic Party is a kick-off for the Crossing for a Cure event and a memorable day as it’s own occasion.

For more information about this special event, check out the Crossing for a Cure website here:  https://www.crossingforacure.com/

You be a part of this supportive paddling community by sponsoring a paddler, offering your donation, or just coming to the beach on the evening of June 16th to cheer them in.

This is one special ride.

 

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.