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We wanted to Share. You can tell by all the happy faces what a good time we had at our 13th Annual Live and Silent Auction

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.

 

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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Thank you, Sheri Shamblin and Pfizer for Climb for Cody

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.

Sheri says,

When I hike in the mountains I feel very alive, present and connected to my surroundings. The
ability to climb mountains, to have the sensation of my heart pounding in my chest and my lungs
working hard to fuel my body with oxygen is a blessing I don’t take for granted. For those living
with Cystic Fibrosis, like my brother Michael and my cousin Stacy, every breath is precious, and
sometimes just getting through the day feels like climbing a mountain.
It was through my brother Michael that I came to know about the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation
that was formed to honor of Cody Nicole Dieruf. Cody passed away April 28, 2005,
from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 23. Her family formed the Foundation to carry on Cody’s
legacy and to help others who live with Cystic Fibrosis. The Foundation has helped patients by
covering costs of medicines, co-pays, and therapy equipment.
In lieu of gifts or a grand celebration, Sheri invited family and friends to make a donation to The Cody
Dieruf Benefit Foundation. Sheri matched every dollar donated for Climb for Cody, and Pfizer,
who generously offers a matching gift program to employees,  also matched each dollar.
The Cody Foundation is saying thank you again, Sheri.  Your gift of labor and love keep on giving to those with Cystic Fibosis.  And Thank you to Pfizer for offering a matching program for employees.

 

Vertex grant money available for Recreation and Fitness Scholarships for those in Montana

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.

The drawing is March 24, 2018 at our 13th annual auction

The raffle tickets for this beautiful Winchester Model 70 Featherweight will be drawn at our 13th annual live and silent auction on March 24, 2018.  You need not be present to win but we would love to have you attend.   All monies raised from this raffle will benefit our medical program providing specialty care for those with Cystic Fibrosis in 6 counties. Gallatin, Carbon, Broadwater, Madison, Park & Stillwater.  This gun was generously donated by Lou Raisler, from Bozeman, MT.  www.breathinisbelievin.org

The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation welcomes Jackie Sather to our board

Jackie Sather Joins The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation Board

We are so excited to have Jackie Sather as a new board member. Jackie says that she “is in complete awe of the strength and optimism of the families and individuals facing the hardships of cystic fibrosis.  CDBF’s programs and efforts help those affected by this disease – and perhaps – offers a bit of hope.   Being part of this board offers me the opportunity to continue to build on those efforts others have started.