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!
A few weeks ago, I ran the Tough Mudder in Charlton, Massachusetts with a few other members of Team Beastrong, and I’m so glad I pushed myself into doing it again this year. This was a hard decision for me and I was dreading it the entire week prior to the event. You see, my sister Ashley / Bea had participated in three of them before she passed away a year ago in March; Cystic Fibrosis never stopped her from doing things like the Tough Mudder. She always pushed me to try new things and I knew it would be hard to do it without her. However, with the help of some friends, we created a team to run it in honor of her.
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.
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!
Being the incredibly thoughful person that she was, Ashley / Bea would often plan birthday festivities for others. Now, in her honor, we make sure to plan a special night to honor hers. So, for the second year in a row, a large group of family and friends descended upon East Bay Grille in Plymouth, Massachusetts on March 24th, 2018 to celebrate Bea’s birthday.
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.