The Cody Dieruf Story
The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation was formed to honor Cody Nicole Dieruf, who passed away April 28, 2005, from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 23. Her family formed the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation to carry on Cody’s Legacy and to help others who live with Cystic Fibrosis.
The love and happiness Cody so generously shared with her family, friends, and everyone around her will live on forever in our hearts. Her courage, grace, and determination are — and always will be — an inspiration. We will never forget her shining personality, loving heart, and beautiful mind.
Cody Dieruf was a beautiful, intelligent, gifted young woman who, at age 23, lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis, just eleven days before she was to graduate from college.
Cody knew that she was only going to have a short time to live her life and she did everything she could to experience all that life had to offer. She was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. Through the foundation her family established in honor of Cody, her memory continues to inspire many who’ve never met her.
Before her death, Cody had asked her parents, George and Ginny, to help others who are fighting this debilitating disease. There is no cure, but there many improvements in treatments.
We have expanded to 5 counties in Montana: Gallatin, Broadwater, Carbon, Madison, and Park.
The Foundation, whose tagline is Breathin is Believin, is committed to supporting families, both financially and emotionally, to children and deserving adults living Cystic Fibrosis.
We also remember Cody with our Cody Dieruf-Always Loved Website.
George & Ginny Dieruf – Founders, Board Member and President
Lost Cody to Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 23. We miss her and she is in our hearts forever. Our Cody Foundation keeps Cody’s legacy alive and at the same time we are able to help out other with Cystic Fibrosis
Levi Dieruf – Founder, Board Member and Brother to Cody Nicole Dieruf
Greater Colorado Anesthesia, P.C. Title: Partner, Anesthesiologist
707 Kearney Street
Denver, CO 80220
Anne Dieruf – Founder, Policy and Procedures Specialist
The Gilbert Law Group, P.C. Title: Attorney
1745 Wazoo Street #4H
Denver, CO 80206
Susan C Cox – Vice President (Certified Medical Assistant, Bozeman Health GI Clinic)
I serve on the board because I believe in what Ginny and George and the Foundation are doing to help our area families battling cystic fibrosis. I was on-board the very first time I met them. Cody’s story touches the heart. Amazing.
Marinna Merkel – Secretary (Marketing Director of The Round House)
I serve on the CBDF Board because I grew up watching Cody dance, and wanted to give back to my community in some way. Knowing that we are able to provide assistance for our clients in the local area to live more active lives is a good feeling.
Shelley Beal – Treasurer (Administrative Group Manager, First Interstate Bank)
My reason for being on the board is you guys of course! I have just known you for many years, and Cody was friends with my girls growing up. When you guys lost Cody and started the foundation in her name to benefit others going through the same thing that you went through, it was just a passion of mine to be involved to help others as well.
Laura Mentch – Board Member
Laura Mentch is happy to serve the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation in appreciation for the generous support provided families in our small CF community. Laura’s experience as a health educator and living with cystic fibrosis contribute to the board’s understanding of CF and the challenges this disease brings to individuals and families.
Deb Matus - Board Member, (Financial Advisor, Thrivent Financial)
Deb wanted to join the board of The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation to make a difference in the lives of those impacted with Cystic Fibrosis. CDBF is a thoughtful and compassionate organization reaching out with a heartfelt hand to make lives richer and more meaningful – what a great thing to be a part of.