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.”

The dust and humidity hurt his health, and in the past few months, he has been in the hospital for treatment several times.

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Soft-spoken and Southern enough — he’s from Columbus, Georgia, originally — to call a visitor “ma’am” at every turn, Lisle speaks volumes in short sentences.

“I’m doing all right,” he says when asked about his health. “But I also just got out of the hospital two weeks ago.”

‘Garrett will soon need to use oxygen on a daily basis and will need a oxygen concentrator and we recommend an Inogen oxygen concentrator. He also needs a battery operated EFlow nebulizer which he uses daily,’ according to the hospital’s nomination form.

Lisle, who works part time on a charter boat, reluctantly asked for some financial help this holiday season through Herald Charities’ Wish Book, having been nominated by the University of Miami Pulmonary department.

“When asked what he needed

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