7 year old Reece loves to dance!

 

 

7 year old Reece is such a Gem!  She has cystic fibrosis, but it won’t stop her.  Reece says she “lives to dance”. She is doing tap, jazz and advance tumbling. Reece’s mom says “dance keeps Reece healthy, and helps boost her confidence and personality. She is becoming so strong and flexible”.

The Cody Foundation is honored to be a part of the happiness that is given to Reece with the opportunity to add dance to her lifestyle. You dance, Reece, “until your shoes run ragged”

Thank you to all of our donors who make this happen. It is because of you that Reece gets to do what she loves, and that is dancing. 

The Cody Dieruf Foundation offers Recreation and Fitness scholarships to those in Montana who are living with cystic fibrosis.

Hi, My Name is Tyler

 

Hi, my name is Tyler, It’s interesting how hard it is sometimes to tell people I have Cystic Fibrosis. I don’t hide the fact that I have CF and I like telling people about it when they have questions, but for some reason if people don’t know I have it I don’t like talking about it. I don’t like feeling that people view me differently, I like feeling the same as everyone. However, the truth is that I am different. I have more things I need to do to try and maintain my health and that’s ok. It’s ok to feel self conscious and to feel insecure sometimes. We all go through ups and downs and it is never weakness to recognize that we aren’t perfect. With each passing year, the more I realize that everybody has something they are dealing with, some things you can see and others you can’t. We are all imperfect people and we sometimes forget that. It’s ok to go through tough times, it’s ok to feel sad, the most important thing is to remember that you are loved and can get through it. I hope we can all be more caring and understanding of each others individual hardships. We are all in this together!

Young man hero to a little girl 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.

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Fitness Scholarship available to individuals with Cystic Fibrosis

Hello, Montana. Due to a Vertex grant given to The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation, we are now offering scholarships for Fitness to those with Cystic Fibrosis in Montana. Please message me if you are interested in applying for a scholarship.

Fitness is a must with CF and we are so excited to be a part of helping someone stay healthy.

Thank you, Vertex Pharmaceutical.