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.
Over the weekend, on Saturday, September 8th, 2018, the 1st Annual Breathe for Bea Cornhole Tournament took place at the Ted Willams Camp in Lakeville, MA. 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.
The Breathe for Bea Foundation has sure been busy in recent weeks! Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to send out hospital care packages to CF patients all across the United States. You allowed us to be able to make it a “Good Day for a Good Day” for Karson in South Carolina, Bryce in Kentucky, Tyler in Ohio, and Dawn in Wisconsin!
This past Saturday, August 18th, 2018, friends and family of Ashley “Bea” Briggs gathered for a great day of fun – and some competition – at the 2nd Annual Breathe for Bea Volleyball Tournament. Her incredible spirit and love for the game were both celebrated, and we were also able to raise some funds for the Foundation which will allow us to continue to help and support individuals and families affected by Cystic Fibrosis. Just like last year, team slots filled up quick and we had an amazing turnout, with many donning Ashley’s favorite color blue!
The Breathe for Bea Foundation recently sent out its 7th care package, this time to a young man named Aaron in Illinois. Aaron is 29 years old, and has been battling Cystic Fibrosis since he was diagnosed at the age of 2. We received a request for a care package from his cousin Wendy, who let us know that Aaron had been in and out of hospitals countless times over the years and had been recently admitted to the hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She mentioned that he loves hunting and fishing, so we got to work on putting together a care package for him in hopes of bringing a little extra sunshine to his stay. I think we succeeded!
We wanted to share with you all another example of where your generous donations and support goes towards. Meet Allie, our most recent recipient of a hospital care package. Not only were we able to satisfy another request to try and make it “a good day for a good day” for a young CF patient, we were also able to make it to another state – this time Pennsylvania!
This past weekend, the Breathe for Bea Foundation held its first fundraiser of the year, a private Seascape Frame Creation evening lead by the lovely and talented Heather Sears at the MIY Studio in Plymouth, MA. The event sold out and was a big success! In addition to that, it was the largest class the Studio has ever had! We couldn’t be more proud of holding that distinction.
The Breathe for Bea Foundation is really on a roll these days! We’ve made a great deal of progress in just a couple of months, and we couldn’t be happier. We recently delivered our third care package, and at the same time made it to our third state! This most recent ask came in from Dani on behalf of her 11 year old granddaughter, Molly Claire, who lives in Tennessee.
As many of you know, May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month and one of the big things that goes on during this month to raise awareness of this terrible disease and raise funds to hopefully one day find a cure is the CF Foundation’s Great Strides Walks. We participated in these last year shortly after Ashley passed away, and we were there once again this year. We wanted to share with you all some photos from the Great Strides Walk in Sandwich, MA that the Breathe for Bea Foundation attended on May 5th. We had a nice Team Beastrong representation and the weather was absolutely beautiful for the walk. We also were also able to meet some of the great folks at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and will be taking a tour of their building in Boston in the near future. Stay tuned! And hopefully, we will have even greater numbers at the walk next year!