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.
Since this is not something we typically cover as part of our financial assistance program, we initially pointed them to another resource, the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation, a great organization that deals specifically with these types of requests. Unfortunately, their recreation grant cycle for 2018 had already ended and the family missed the deadline. As most of you know, Ashley / Bea loved sports and never let CF get in the way of enjoying activities like volleyball and skiing, so we felt we had to do something to help! The Foundation happily decided to cover the cost of Tyler joining the ski club and as you can see from the pictures below, he’s a wonderful kid that we are glad we could help.
Thank you again to everyone who has supported the Breathe for Bea Foundation. You are all the reason why we are able to help patients with CF like Tyler and their incredible families. Please donate so that we can continue to make a difference!