Hi everyone! We wanted to give you an update on what has been going on at the Breathe for Bea Foundation in the past few months and weeks. Weve really got people talking in the CF community and, as a result, our organization has been extremely busy lately, thats for sure.
This past weekend, on Saturday, September 7th, 2019, the 2nd Annual Breathe for Bea Cornhole Tournament took place at the Ted Willams Camp in Lakeville, MA, adjacent to the Loon Pond Lodge. Despite the looming threat of Hurricane Dorian, seasoned cornhole veterans, along with more casual players just looking to come out and support the cause, gathered to remember and the honor the life of Ashley Bea Briggs, as well to raise funds for the Breathe for Bea Foundation funds that allow us to help make the lives of CF patients and families who are battling Cystic Fibrosis, a bit more manageable.
This past Saturday, August 17th, 2019, friends and family of Ashley Bea Briggs got together for a day of fun and some competition at the 3rd Annual Breathe for Bea Volleyball Tournament. Ashley’s wonderful spirit and love for the game of volleyball were both celebrated, and the Foundation was also able to raise some funds which will allow us to continue to help and support individuals and families affected by Cystic Fibrosis. Just like last year, we had an amazing turnout with many donning Ashleys favorite color blue!
This summer has been extremely busy for the Breathe for Bea Foundation! In addition to the Breathe for Bea scholarships we gave out to a handful of incredible and very deserving students back in late May, the Foundation has received – and fulfilled – a record number of requests for care packages recently.
We are very excited to announce our Breathe for Bea Scholarship recipients for the 2019-2020 school year! We were able to award scholarships to four students from across the country this year, all of whom are an inspiration and embody the same spirit and determination that our cherished Ashley Bea Briggs had, and are living proof that CF can’t hold a person back from achieving their dreams of a higher education and reaching for the stars.
The Breathe for Bea Foundation has been very busy lately – we’ve sent out eight care packages in the past 30 days! Three more are going out today and another is going out next week. Many, many thanks to everyone for your support and very generous donations. Without you none of this would be possible and we are incredibly grateful. Together we are ALL making a difference.
This past Monday, April 15th, the Breathe for Bea Foundation held its first fundraiser of the year, a private Glassware Paint Party evening hosted by Kreativ Drinking at Monte Christos Restaurant in Plymouth, MA. The event was a big success and we had a great turnout!
We’ve been really busy here at the Foundation since the start of the new year! Aside from opening up our scholarship program for the 2019 fall semester and getting numerous applications for assistance, our care packages continue to be a big hit with the Cystic Fibrosis community. We have received a number of requests in the first few weeks of 2019, and recently sent out a care package to an 8 year old girl in Michigan, another to Ohio to an 18 year old girl, and one to Florida to a 53 year old woman. We hope to be able to fulfill many more as the year goes on.
While the Breathe for Bea Foundation’s financial assistance programs are geared towards helping cover prescription costs, hospital/doctor bills, un-reimbursed medical equipment, hotel expenses incurred while a child or spouse is in the hospital, etc., we occassionally receive requests for other things. A few weeks ago, the Foundation received an application for financial assistance from a mom in New York named Erin who described to us that her son Tyler, who has Cystic Fibrosis, loves to stay active and that one of his favorite things to do is ski. She was hoping for a grant from the Foundation to help cover the cost of a ski club that Tyler wanted to join.
We are very excited to announce our inaugural Breathe for Bea Scholarship recipients! Our scholarship program honors the memory of our cherished Ashley Bea Briggs, who never let Cystic Fibrosis stop her from pursuing her dreams. It was her spirit and determination that drove the Foundation to establish our scholarship program this year, so that we could help others who are living with CF achieve their dreams of a higher education too.