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.

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.

Register Now for 2018 Mothers Retreat in Montana


We are excited in our planning stages of 2018 Mothers Retreat to be held in beautiful Big Sky Montana at the 320 Ranch.  Register online at

Prepare for an enlightening weekend as all of us mothers Walk Together in our journey of Cystic Fibrosis.

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. Participating mothers will find support with one another, learn

new approaches to caring for themselves and return home renewed.

We Walk Together

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.

Moms we are here for you!

2018 2nd annual Mothers Retreat

We Walk Together

The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation is holding its 2nd annual mothers retreat at the 320 ranch on September 28th, 29th, and 30th.  This is a 3-day event for moms of CF children to get together and find support and a new approach to caring for themselves.  It also helps them return home with renewed insights to cope with ongoing needs of their

2017 Mother’s Retreat a Great Success!

Our 2017 Mother’s Retreat turned out just as we hoped- a wonderful event for mother’s of children with Cystic Fibrosis to bond and reenergize their strength to help their children fight.  Here are some photos and kind words from those who attended:

So the official “We Walk Together,” CF mom retreat started today and WOW…I honestly can’t even try to explain in words how good it feels to relate, be able to listen, feel, and be heard by ears and minds that know and do…in the cf world. !!! I could never explain in words the level of good raw tears that have already been shed here just this evening from the introduction to a moms story, and closing. The last picture ended our evening with the honoring of our families and children with CF, we cried, We laughed and we cried, as we expressed our gratitude and said a few words of what this already means for us all! Mine was about not having the strength for a few days…to break down that wall…free the emotions, the struggles, feel renewed and inspired by each other. Embracing our CF heroes that are here with us sharing their stories of strength, hope, life after transplant etc!!! Wow, this is amazing and it’s just begun. I’m beyond thankful to share in this time with some excellent woman and newfound friendships! – Tonya


This weekend was filled with probably the most amazing energy and spiritual strengthening I have ever felt — this all felt through drumming, singing, tears, journaling, jewelry making, listening, stories of grief, stories of blessings, stories of triumph through transplant, friendships, feelings of belonging, acceptance, and the empowerment as we walked together this weekend in one of the most beautiful states ever-I will truly take a part of each of these beautiful mothers with me and keep in my heart always. Truly an experience of a lifetime and every mom/dad of a child with CF or other challenges your family is faced with must attend one retreat in their lifetime! – Courtney


Thank you so much for making your CF Mom Retreat so fabulous. Making it possible for each of those moms to come at no cost and to be treated with such care was so wonderful for them (and me too)!. We did it and the healing was tremendous. Those moms will never be the same. They will now go back with more strength and power than they even realized they could have. Now it is up to them to continue to care for themselves and I believe they will make the effort. That can be all the difference in being able to healthfully and successfully cope with the day to day caring for these very special children. I am so glad that you participated Ginny and I hope that healing came your way as well. And you too Laura, your ability to hold the space and guide the retreat was a gift for everyone. Great Success!!!!! – Steph


May the healing wave continue to embrace you – Isa


How blessed I am to have these women as my teachers. Joy and love at 320 Ranch in Big Sky, Montana at the CF Mother’s Retreat. With Ginny Dieruf and the Cody Dieruf Foundation – Ang


Thank you, Ginny, you’re such an inspiration and a guiding light to show all of us that we can do all things even in the weakest moments and you shine through all of us with your love and dedication that was put fourth in making something so special for so many of us. – Krista


Words can never express the vibrant energy that filled one room. – Felicia

I was able to feel the energy that emerged out of us & to bring us all joy is something very few get to experience in this thing called life. My experience on the We Walk Together was the most amazing & heartfelt.   Mothers coming together from all walks f life to share one thing in common made this world fell less small wishing the CF community. The enlightenment that it brought to my life is something that I never thought was even possible or the friendships that have been made through supportive eye without judgment. – Patricia


I am a mother who is not alone. This retreat has been a turning point in my life. I am coming to have a better grip and more control of me. I need to take care of me so that I can take care of my child. – Lanor


Although I never met Cody, I feel as if I felt her presence. I’m more than certain she had a part if bringing us all together. I’m honored and blessed to be apart of such an event. I want every CF mother to have the opportunity to experience what I did. I will be involved any way I can to make this happen. – Elaina


It is truly amazing how fast this healing can happen isn’t it? It happened because: As you walked through the tears that came to you. You accepted the CF mom journey on your own journey…..You saw that you need to care for yourself, create community and find meaning in your story. You did this, You opened, You let go, You reached out, You took it in, you appreciated, you knew you needed to do this. And now, there is no turning back, love you all. So impressive!!!! – Robin