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Father will paddle board 200 miles to help son

Father will paddle board 200 miles to help son. (WPEC)

A local father is preparing to paddle board 200 miles from Lake Worth to Key West.

He hopes every single stroke he takes down to the Keys will help his son and others just like him.

For father Richard Wygand his 18-month-old son Luke is his world.

“He is always in a good mood. He is always smiling,” Wygand said.

The love he has for his son is admirable.

“He brought us so much joy,” Wygand said.

Luke was born with a rare muscle condition called nemaline myopathy, affecting one in 50 thousand people. Little Luke spent 120 days in the hospital. His father and mother right by his side.

“I am a big believer having both parents together you can combine that love and energy it gives the child a better chance to survive,” Wygand said.

Luke struggles to breathe, relies on a feeding tube and will soon use a wheelchair.

“His strength and positivity to everything that is going on with him became such a blessing in our life,” Wygand said.

Luke’s strength gave his father the power to attempt paddle boarding 200 miles from Lake Worth to Key West. He hopes every forward stroke shows his son life is limitless.

This Saturday Wygand will paddleboard from Lake worth to Miami and then the big 200-mile trip falls on January 27th.

He said the money raised during this challenge will go straight to research.

For more information:

https://paddlingforstrength.com/ and The go Luke Wygand Foundation


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