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Thanks for visiting the Breathe for Bea Foundation blog. Here we share stories about our cherished Ashley “Bea” Briggs, the latest on what’s going on at the Foundation, event updates and recaps, personal experiences with Cystic Fibrosis, and a whole lot more.

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Event Recap – 2nd Annual Breathe for Bea Cornhole Tournament

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.

2nd Annual Breathe for Bea Cornhole Tournament Action

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Event Recap – 3rd Annual Breathe for Bea Volleyball Tournament

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 Ashley’s favorite color blue!

3rd Annual Breathe for Bea Volleyball Tournament Group Photo

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2019 Breathe for Bea Scholarship Recipients

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.

2019 Breathe for Bea Scholarship Recipients

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Care Packages Galore!

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.

Care Package Recipients Hugging

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2019 is Off to a Busy Start!

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.

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Meet Tyler from New York who Loves to Ski!

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.

tyler with his snowboard

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2018 Breathe for Bea Scholarship Recipients

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.

scholarship recipients 2018

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Event Recap – 1st Annual Breathe for Bea Cornhole Tournament

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.

1st Annual Breathe for Bea Cornhole Tournament

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