LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — A lieutenant from the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department embarked on a remarkable feat to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis.
Lieutenant Tyler Hoffmann paddle-boarded a distance of 82 miles in the Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis Paddle Board Race, which took place on Sunday, June 25. Starting from Bimini, Bahamas, he navigated the open ocean all the way to Lake Worth Beach, Florida.
The Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis is an international championship race and endurance challenge that requires paddlers to cross the Gulf Stream. The event draws inspiration from the numerous health benefits that the ocean provides for individuals living with cystic fibrosis.
Completing the demanding journey in 14 hours and 18 minutes, Hoffmann emerged victorious in the First Responders Division and secured the second-place position overall in the Male Solo Competitive Division.
He participated on behalf of the Piper’s Angel’s Foundation and team Ford’s Fight, both of which lend their support to three-year-old Ford Hoyman, who has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
Ford is the grandson of lifelong Boynton Beach residents, the Aubrey and Hoyman Families.
Hoffmann expressed that Team Ford’s Fight strives to represent cystic fibrosis warriors who are unable to participate in the race themselves.
Their mission is to demonstrate to their family and children that anything is achievable through hard work. He further emphasized their commitment to paddle until a cure for cystic fibrosis is discovered.