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. We’ve really got people talking in the CF community and, as a result, our organization has been extremely busy lately, that’s for sure.
Our care package program has been a major hit and word of what we are doing has spread incredibly far throughout the CF community – in Facebook groups, clinics, hospitals, other organizations, and more. Since October of 2019, we have received close to 60 care package requests which is really incredible. A large number of these requests came in during the 2019 holiday season, and they have not slowed down since the turn of the calendar to the year 2020. The Foundation has been hard at work answering all of these requests and putting together all of the packages, and shipping them out to CF patients located all around the country. We at the Foundation are very proud of this program and how much it has grown, and are extremely happy that we have been able to bring smiles to the faces of CF patients in so many places. It is also wonderful how we have been able to make connections with some of the recipients of these care packages, as well with their families and/or friends, as a result. Here is just one example of that…
In June of 2019, the Foundation sent out a care package to Lisa Cosgrove to give to her two sons Dan and Sean, both of whom were born with cystic fibrosis and lived in Massachusetts, our neck of the woods. Lisa’s other son, Dennis, unfortunately passed away in 2015 due to complications brought upon by CF. At the time of the request, Dan and Sean were both at Mass General Hospital in Boston and we decided to send them Kindles in a care package. Unimaginably, Dan passed a short while after. A few weeks ago Suzanne Cosgrove, the mother of Lisa and grandmother of the boys, reached out to us to let us know that her and her husband Jim (father to Lisa and grandfather to the boys) would be hosting a Paint Nite fundraiser on Friday, March 6th at the Leisure Woods Clubhouse in Rockland, MA in memory of their grandson Dan and that they wanted to donate the proceeds to our Foundation. We were incredibly touched by this gesture to say the least, and very thankful. Merci, a member of the Foundation, was able to drop in on the fundraiser and say hello, and spend some time with Suzanne, Jim, Lisa and Sean.
It was a big success and there were over 50 people at the event who were enjoying painting their signs and simply just being with each other. There was also a ton of food – in fact, Suzanne made over 50 loaves of Irish soda bread for each and every guest – and great raffle prizes.
We cannot thank them all enough for their generosity and with the continued help of wonderful people such as these, we will continue forward with Bea’s legacy, as well as Dennis and Dan’s, and our Foundation’s mission of trying to help and support those who have been deeply affected by this disease.
Lastly, we also opened up the application period for the Breathe for Bea Scholarship Program for the 2020-2021 school year on January 1st. This is our third year of awarding scholarships to people living with CF who are striving to fulfill their dreams of a getting higher education. We are very proud of our past recipients and are excited to announce this year’s winners, which we will do in a few months. That being said, if you’d like to apply there is still time! Applications and all supporting materials will need to be received by no later than April 1st, 2020 however, whether it be via our online form, email, or mail.
Thank you again to everyone who has supported the Breathe for Bea Foundation, and continues to. We are incredibly grateful and couldn’t do any of this without you. If you would like to make a donation, we can promise you that it will be put to great use as we continue to work hard to support the CF community. As Ashley/Bea would say, “many thanks!”