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

Our vision is to provide the most socially innovative solutions to the cystic fibrosis community to empower each individual and family to live their greatest life possible.

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.

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CF Warrior

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Our Story

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When my daughter Piper was diagnosed with CF at the age of four, I experienced a seismic shift in consciousness that began with a dark night of the soul, launched me into a journey across an ocean and birthed me into a community of individuals whose light, courage and love have inspired me to advocate with a passion as eternal as my love for Piper. I consider it an honor to bear witness to the lives and legacies of every CF Warrior. They have been my greatest teachers. 

My journey with cystic fibrosis is long term and bittersweet because for as many times as it breaks my heart, it breaks it open and forces me to fill it with more love and more light. I’ve held my daughter’s frail eight-year-old body while she cried because her “lungs burned” and I marveled at the delight and wonder in her face as she surfed her first wave. Life experienced in contrasts like these has shown me just how deep my gratitude runs—gratitude for every breath, every sunset, every wave, and every beautiful human fighting to shine their light against CF odds. 

As a newly diagnosed CF parent, I found my purpose in the expression of my dedication to Piper and the community we had just become a part of. This is how I founded Piper’s Angels Foundation and created the Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis, an 80-mile paddle challenge from the Bahamas to Florida. I wanted to do something that showed the depths of my commitment to honoring their fight, something that would get people’s attention and put CF and it’s warriors in the spotlight so that the world would see what I saw: love and life persisting, even through the darkest of nights.

I am proud to be part of a CF family. My sister LeeAnn, diagnosed at age 40 with CF after losing part of her lung, persevered undiagnosed and untreated for the first half of her life. I am proud to share my CF family with the world and with so many amazing individuals who sign up to advocate with Piper’s Angels and to fundraise and paddle an 80-mile ocean crossing. They are signing up for lessons in love and gratitude and purpose that I’ve seen transform lives. 

But I am most honored to be a part of all CF families, to wake up every day and make it my purpose to learn from them and to teach what I learn: that life is a dance with energy, an opportunity to experience our power to create, and that we can transform our pain into light, our grief into beauty, and our breath into song.  Thanks to this incredible community, Piper’s Angels Foundation continues to grow into one of the most impactful grassroots organizations for cystic fibrosis. 

 

Meet Our Leadership

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Travis Suit

Executive Director

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Aiyana Sugerman

Director of Operations

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Tatiana Tims

Development Director

 

Meet the Board of Directors

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Paul Smolchek

President

President, Senior Director of Business Development, SupplyFORCE

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Travis Suit

Board Member

Founder & Executive Director, Piper's Angels Foundation

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Lauren Wertepny

Board Member

Director of Strategy,

Power Design, Inc.

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Gary Stellges

Vice President

Division Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Hospital Corporation of America

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DJ Barker

Board Member

Managing Associate, Henssler Financial

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Matti Anttila

Board Member

President,

North End Commerce

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Kathy Aponte

Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer, Phoenix American Companies

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Heidi Kaye

Board Member

Director of School Counseling,

The Pine School

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Sean Dunleavy

Board Member

Commercial Airline Pilot and PAF Director of Logistics

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Nikki Stellges

Secretary

Former Guest Service Manager, Walt Disney World

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Joe Lawless

Board Member

President, Sentinel Brokers Company

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Shane Pompa

Board Member

Inventory Manager, Automotive Management Concepts

 

Advisors to the Board

★Jimmy Buffett

Singer, Songwriter, Businessman

Alex Schulze

Director of Operations

Kevin Spina

Development Director

Lee Heaton

Owner,

Restaurant Entrepreneur

Megan Casabe

CF Social Worker,

Tenet Health

Melanie Cabot

CEO, Happiness Club Palm Beach & Foundation for Women's Economic Literacy

Patrick Walsh

President, PW Partners

Trey Mahoney

Senior Vice President - Wealth Management & Portfolio Manager, UBS Financial Services

Our Community

Our Army of Angels: The unsung heroes of Piper’s Angels Foundation are the hundreds of volunteers that annually participate in our community events and initiatives that bring our mission to life.  We believe we have the most passionate and purpose driven volunteers on the planet because they embody authentic grassroots advocacy. Many people who serve in our Army of Angels come back year after year to fulfill vital roles within the organization.  We pride ourselves on implementing a volunteer program that empowers people in their leadership through results focused goals.

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Our Annual Magazine

Packed with photos of the event, inspirational stories from CF Warriors, information about our organization, and much more, check out our recap magazine to see everything you missed at our epic event The Crossing For Cystic Fibrosis

 

Thank You

TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS

$50k Atlantic Level Sponsor

$25k Grand Bahama Level Sponsors

$12.5kInlet Level Sponsors

$5k Beach Level Sponsors

 

STRATEGIC PARTNERS