The Breathe for Bea Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 by the family of Ashley “Bea” Briggs. In early 2017, Bea passed away after a courageous fight against complications brought upon by Cystic Fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease which affects the lungs and digestive system, at the age of 29. She passed at Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA at sunrise, with her family and friends at her side.
Bea never let Cystic Fibrosis define her or steal her zest for life. She was a vibrant, bubbly, gentle, and incredibly caring person who loved strong. In return, she was – and is – loved by so many, and it is this love that the Breathe for Bea Foundation is built upon. It is what drives us – and Team Beastrong – to work tirelessly to keep her name alive and honor the incredible legacy she left, while at the same time achieve our Foundation’s mission of helping individuals with Cystic Fibrosis, as well as families like our own – which knows first-hand the difficulties and hardships that come with treating CF – that have a loved one with CF to care for, fight this disease. We aim to do this by providing financial aid to help lessen the burden of the exorbitant medical costs that come with treating CF, scholarships to help those with CF achieve their dreams of a higher education, hospital care packages, lung transplant financial assistance, and through other efforts.
By providing this assistance and support to local families in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as to those living across the U.S., it is the Foundation’s hope that we can alleviate some of the stresses that can go along with living, and caring for someone, with CF. All funds are raised through individual donations, Breathe for Bea merchandise sales, and at numerous fundraising events throughout the year, and 100% of these funds go towards accomplishing our mission.
Thousands of people in the U.S. and across the world live with this terrible disease every day, and while progress on finding a cure continues to be made, and life expectancy and the quality of it continues to improve, a cure to eradicate completely has yet to be discovered. Cystic Fibrosis takes a toll on both the individual with CF as well their family, as not only is the disease life threatening and battling it difficult, but the costs that come with CF can be overwhelming. It is the goal of the Foundation, with your support, to financially assist and help those fighting CF, while hoping that one day a cure will be found that eliminates this awful disease. Together, we can make a difference. We got this!