I am excited to be a guest speaker amongst many others for the Innovate, Create and Collaborate Conference held at The Baxter on May 23, 2018. This conference is
going to be very empowering and I am honored to be a part of this partnership.
Ginny Dieruf will be speaking at The Circle of Execellance Conference at MSU Thursday May, 10, 2018. The topic, “She Inspired Me.” Her daughter, Cody was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 9 years old. At the age of 23, Cystic Fibrosis took her life. Lost to another world but still touching lives through her Foundation, Ginny speaks on how Cody lived her life with joy and with determination for living.
Our Mothers of Cystic Fibrosis Children need you.
Become a fundraising Hero for The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation during Give Big
May 3-4, 6pm-6pm The Biggest online giving day of the year
“We Walk Together” Mothers Retreat
Our top Fundraising Hero will receive a
$100.00 gift card to Rib & Chop House
With your help we can send a mom of a cystic fibrosis child to our three day mothers retreat
Name: We Walk Together
Date: May 3-4, 6pm-6pm
You can introduce a friend and let them know of our important work that we do.
You can let our famiilies with cystic fibrosis know that they are not alone.
Every day, I am amazed at how many have touched my life in so many ways. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Impact Grants program is driven by and for the CF community
and has supported The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation in our Mothers Retreat Program. The Mothers Retreat has been one of our biggest accomplishments
and we can not wait to see where our future takes us.
This retreat is a time for participating mothers of Cystic Fibrosis children to get together and embrace one another. A time
to reflect on how important it is for a mom to take time out for ones self. The CDBF 2018 Mother’s Retreat will provide participants with a restful weekend,
free from the daily responsibilities of caring for a child with CF and learning new approaches to caring for themselves and return home renewed,
with new insights on how to cope with the constant needs of their families.
We can not do this alone. We are Community strong.
Give Big Gallatin Valley is a 24-hour online and live celebration of giving created to connect generous community members with the causes they care about most. The goal is simple – inspire our people to come together, show their pride in their communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations in Gallatin County.
Every year, we are totally blown away by the support we receive from our community. George & Gnny Dieruf, along with Levi and Anne Dieruf are the founders of The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation in honor of Cody Dieruf who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 23. Every year when we think we can’t do better, our event gets more powerful.
Our speaker Krista Fastenau, mother of two children with Cystic Fibrosis, spoke about her life of being a care giver for her children while young and watching them grow to be responsible adults and taking care of themselves. Krista was powerful in her message.
We thank you all for paying tribute to our daughter Cody, and others who live with Cystic Fibrosis.
About two years ago, I had the pleasure of being able to meet the bravest, most intelligent, full-hearted little girl that I would ever get to meet. It was early December, the “Christmas hype” as I like call it, was in full affect. My mom, Denise Lampi-Kok, is a bartender at a local brewery in Billings. When May would be in treatment in Billings, her mom would always stop in to be waited on by my mom. They formed a friendship through her visits, which lead to them planning an evening where my brother and I could go and watch “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” while eating popcorn and sipping on some hot chocolate with Maylie.
The minute I walked through the door I felt an instant connection with May. I had enough of an understanding about CF (Cystic Fibrosis) to know that what she goes through every day is no simple task. I felt for this young girl like I hadn’t anyone before; the best way I can describe the feeling is that I needed to protect her, be there for her. I remember how smart she was already and such a young age. Being homeschooled by her mother, it came to no surprise to me her level of intelligence!
I remember when we were saying goodbye to her that day at her hospitalization, she told me that she loved me. Hearing that from her nearly brought me to tears. I knew from that moment that I wanted to do more. I wasn’t able to see May when she would be in Billings during the summers, due to my baseball schedule, but my mom would always visit and spoil the girls whenever they came into Uberbrew.
After school began in the fall of my senior year, May was back in the hospital for treatment. Being a part of the Billings Skyview cross country team, I thought it would be a really cool idea if some of the varsity members could come down and meet May. My team really went all out for her! They got her flowers, a balloon, sparkling water, and a stuffed bear (We named it falcon being that our cross-town rival are the bears).
My last visit with May was during my Thanksgiving break. I had just got back home from college, Boise State, and I had heard that May was in the hospital again. I had planned out an evening of watching the Polar Express, while eating some snacks. I also had to bring her sister and her some Boise State t-shirts! After I left that evening as she was falling asleep, she told her mom that she had one of the best nights of her life. I can honestly say, that I shared that feeling with her.
May has shown me in the last three years of knowing her what it takes to be strong. It’s not the overall size of the person, but rather the size of the heart that defines strength of an individual. I recently was emitted to the hospital for pains in my side and had to stay overnight. Though I was terrified of what might be wrong with me, I kept thinking of May and her strength to help me through my pain. Not many people could have touched me the way she did.
She always has me feeling like, what can I do that’s more than I’m doing now? What can I do to help? I’ve decided to ask for donations to provide to the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation because of what May has done to make my heart grow, and I’m hoping that others may find the will to give, just like May did to me.
Sheri Shamblin, in 2017, did a “Climb for Cody” campaign. She raised over $13,000. Sheri climbed 50 summits in honor of her 50th birthday. Sheri matched the donations and than along comes Pfizer with their match.
Nothing gives us more joy than to provide a scholarship for Recreation and Fitness to those with Cystic Fibrosis in Montana. Vertex has allowed us to do just that. Apply for your scholarship @ www.breathinisbelievin.org or message me and see how exercise can benefit your health. Thank you Vertex for believing in us and our collaborating partners, CFLF, Coach Ed and Miles for CF.