MiamiHerald / At 22, Garrett Lisle knows all too well the value of time.

Living with cystic fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time, Lisle often must stay in the hospital for weeks at a stretch.

After losing nearly all of his possessions and rental home on Cudjoe Key to Hurricane Irma , the Category 4 storm that struck the Lower Keys Sept. 10, Lisle went against his doctors’ advice of returning home in the immediate aftermath to help clear debris that coated the roads and lots.

“It was something I had to do,” Lisle said outside his friend’s Cudjoe home where he has been staying since the storm. “I had to go back to help.”


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