In January 2017, I was asked to run a 5K with a group of friends. I was told that “there’s beer at the end!” Ok, sure, I might run for beer I said. But, I still hesitated to actually register. Then Ashley / Bea went into the hospital, and her sister Emily said to me, “run it with me, run for Bea”. Knowing how Ashley grabbed life by the horns and didn’t let Cystic Fibrosis stop her, I signed up for the Mayflower Brewery St. Pats 5K for Bea. Little did I know what the following weeks would bring, just how much that first 5K race would change me, and how much it would mean to me.
Shortly after my fiancée, Ashley, told me about her cystic fibrosis, we were engaged. Months later, she passed away, leaving me to figure out what I could have done differently and how to cope.
Today truly is a good day for a good day! The Breathe for Bea Foundation is officially incorporated as a non-profit organization! We are extremely excited and want to thank each and everyone of you that has shown us love and support since Bea’s passing in early 2017, and continues to do so. We are truly grateful.
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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