Meet Bethany and Willow!

Our Featured mother for the month of November is Bethany Sweet and her beautiful daughter, Willow. Willow is 11 years old. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 2 weeks old. She loves animals. “We have 1 dog, 2 cats, and 2 bunnies”. Willow does very well in school and loves to travel. Her favorite vacation was Africa.

She has 2 younger brothers Gabriel, 8, and Jeremiah, 5. She also is a musician and plays piano and violin.

Bethany attended our 2018 “We Walk Together” Mothers Retreat. Salute to this most awesome mom.

 

My Name is Madison Ivey.

My name is Madison Ivey, I am eighteen years old and from Dallas, Texas. I’m the niece of Ginny and George Dieruf, the creators of the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation, and it’’s been a passion of mine to be active with Team Cody, an organization I am proud to be apart of.

My entire life I’ve had a connection to Cody’s spirit, in a beautiful way. She sends me love letters from heaven, and I am continually grateful for the connection we have. And because of that, I want to help promote the foundation and spread love and light to families living with cystic fibrosis. It’s all for Cody and my sweet Ginny and Georgie, the people who inspire me the most in this world.

As you know, there is a special fundraiser going on for a young girl named Bridget. She needs your help. Click the donate button and lets raise some funding for Bridget.  Bridget will be going to Houston Childrens Hospital for a double lung transplant evaluation.  Lets get her there.

Saving Bridget

Bridget has cystic fibrosis.  A progressive and genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Bridget is 14 years old.  She is very sick.  Her lungs functions are in the  40 percentile range, and often drops to the 30 percentile.

What does this mean? Its time for a double lung transplant evaluation! When the call came in from Houston Texas Childrens Hospital to this Butte, MT family a new beginning was to start.. The time has come for Bridget to undergo an evaluation.  She must prepare herself for this new journey in her life.  She must prepare herself mentally and physically. The wait for new lungs could be a long time, and in the meatime, preparations of the unknown enter into her life.

Travel to Texas Childrens Hospital will take its toll financially for this family.   We can not let this family down.  They need our help to get them to Texas and the ongoing support that is needed.

We need you!  We ask that you donate to Bridgets flight of hope, to let her know that you care, that she is not alone in this walk of cystic fibrosis.  CDBF strives to assists our families to help reduce the financial burden of this disease.

Please help us help Bridget.   We ask that you donate to Saving Bridget Campaign.  You can donate on line at www.breathinisbelievin.org or send a check to The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation P O Box 6044 Bozeman, MT  59771

PS:  Please Help Us Help Bridget

Vertex grants $5000 to Mothers Retreat

Vertex Pharmaceuticals believes in our Mothers Retreat. They granted us $5,000.00 to help bring mothers of cystic fibrosis children to our retreat held at the 320 ranch in Big Sky Montana. Vertex believes in the CF community and wants to help those that live with cystic fibrosis. From Montana to Vertex headquartered in Boston, CDBF thanks you for believing in us.

Genetech grants $2,000 to We Walk Together

The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation receives $2,000.00 to help mothers of Cystic Fibrosis children attend We Walk Together Mothers Retreat.   It takes a village to make a retreat happen and we were lucky enough to have Genentech join our team for our 2nd Annual Mothers Retreat.  Cystic Fibrosis affects many families and CDBF likes to reach out to mothers to join in solace and do some soul searching as we walk with cystic fibrosis together.  We are grateful for this grant.  With the help of Genentech, we had a successful and memorable weekend.

 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Awards Grants to Eight Community Programs

A $10,000 grant was awarded to The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation for its program We Walk Together Mothers Retreat.  A retreat for mothers of Cystic Fibrosis children. We are touched and honored by this CFF Impact grant award.  CDBF feels it is an important aspect of their foundation.  A way that we can continue to honor Cody Dieruf and all the mothers of cystic fibrosis children.  Our 2nd annual event was truly inspiring, emotional and brought a sense of freedom as the  mothers poured out their hearts regarding life with this disease of cystic fibrosis.  CFF Impact Award was our title sponsor for this event. We are grateful to know that CFF believes in our cause, and we will continue to strive to make this event an available each year to mothers.

 

The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation offers a three-day We Walk Together Mother’s Retreat for the mothers of children with CF, providing them with valuable education, self-care, and mutual support. The retreat aims to improve the wellbeing of mothers and in turn, improve the health and happiness of their entire families.

 

Meet Sweet Martha Modawell – From Boise Idaho


 

Martha Modawell RYT 200
Martha is the mother of two daughters with Cystic Fibrosis.   She studied Yoga and Reiki at Yoga For Healthy Living LLC in Brighton MI, where she received her RYT 200 Sivananda Style Yoga. Martha brings her authenticity and love for Yoga to each class. Her classes are humorous and yet grounding; she helps her students to feel empowered and to develop a true connection with themselves.  Having found personal healing in yoga, Martha loves to teach from the heart and serve those around her with passion and love. At her former studio in Troy, MI., called Yoga For Healing, Martha worked with those overcoming addictions, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Martha now lives with her family in Boise ID. She uses her innate ability to connect with people to create a comfortable relaxing and fun Yoga practice that empowers and enriches her students.
The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation welcomes Martha to our 2018 annual Mothers Retreat.

 


CDBF welcomes Robin Modlin-Presenter for “We Walk Together”

Introducing beautiful Robin Modlin, MA

I am a mother of a Cystic Fibrosis child.  My daughter, Anna is 37 and had a double lung transplant 8 years ago. My life changed when she received this miracle. Having been actively involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc,(CFRI) community for so many years I wanted to give back by designing a CF mother’s retreat called Embrace. I am honored to also be included in The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation Mothers Retreat held in Montana, We Walk Together. It is my passion to see CF moms come together in community and learn to care for themselves.

I am also a mosaic artist and a SoulCollage® facilitator. I believe we can create beauty and art out of our most difficult times. With an inward eye and creative bent I enjoy sharing collage and other participatory projects with others for personal healing. 

Life has been very generous to me. I also have a beautiful daughter, Sara who is now a physician and a wonderful husband, Doug. I am so grateful and I know that CF has shaped me and my entire family by teaching us so many valuable lessons of love and compassion. 

Thank you, Robin for being a part of our We Walk Together Mothers Retreat.

Happy Catering with Chefs Table Food Truck & Catering.

Hey all, if you have not already experienced the fine foods by Chefs Table Food Truck & Catering, it is time. Executive Chef Ryan Cotterell and Manager/Event Coordinator Ashley Cotterell are the husband and wife team who produce the 5 star quality food and service the valley is raving about. They are a restaurant on wheels, and yes they cater events, and are well known throughout the nation for its top quality food. Chefs Table Food Truck & Catering are strong supporters of our Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation and they believe in our cause as we continue to help those with Cystic Fibrosis. You make a difference.

 

This is My Story

To date, Bridget is 14 years old.  When she was 6 months old,  she was rushed to the ER.  Her parents were petrified of their daughters health.  Bridget wasn’t breathing upon arrival. They said she had a collapsed lung and pneumonia. They said, “take her home and hold her, give her tylenol and check back with her doctor the next day”.

So her parents took Bridget home. The next morning she was back in the hospital, unresponsive.  St. James Hospital life-flighted her to Missoula MT. They said she needed surgery. When they rushed her to surgery, they noticed a lot of her large intestines were dead. They removed a portion of her intestines, and her gallbladder.  Surgery complete.  Is the worst over?

No, Bridget kept feeling ill, and they didn’t know why. Missoula hospital then life-flighted her to Childrens Hospital in Portland Oregon in hopes that they could figure out why her little body kept shutting down. Portland decided to put her on the ECMO machine. A treatment that uses a pump to circulate blood through an artificial lung back into the bloodstream of a very ill baby.

Still no defining diagnosis. The surgeons went through a vein on her right side of her neck which helps supply blood to her brain.

By the time of her diagnosis the surgeons found that her vein was no good and they had to cauterize it to close it up. Bridget was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

In 14 years Bridget has had 4 major surgeries.  Bridget is becoming accustomed to life-flights and ambulances. She spends most of her school year, holidays and summers being hospitalized. Her life consists of doctor appointments, breathing treatments, medications and hospitalizations.  2018 has proven to be a rough year.

Bridget has her whole life in the palm of her hands just waiting, waiting to be given a chance, to “just breathe”  Her family could use some words of strength right now.