18 year old Madison Ivey from Rockwall, Texas knew she had it in her heart to reach out to a family living in Butte, MT who has a 14 year old daughter who needs a lung evaluation for a transplant due to the affects of Cystic Fibrosis.
She organized a tennis tournament to raise funding to help The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation in assisting Bridget with her expenses in Houston Texas at Children’s Hospital.
Madison Ivey Blog: ” My heart is completely full and I am thankful to each and every person that came to the games. I have so much gratitude in my heart for The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation. You all came together and became a part of something to help another person living with Cystic Fibrosis. You never gave up hope, even after the loss of Cody. I am in awe of the love that was shared today at our event. It was the most beautiful day and Cody was with me in spirit the entire time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart in supporting a cause that means so much to me. We love and support you, Bridget, all of the love from Texas”
In Rockwall, Texas, Madison raised over $1,000.00 in support of our Saving Bridget Campaign. CDBF thanks Madison Ivey and all of her volunteers that came forward to help make this tennis tournament a big success. You also raised a lot of awareness of cystic fibrosis which is so important in our work
Sierra has Cystic Fibrosis. She is 12 years old and is on day 7 of her hospitalization due to a drop in lung functions. Sierra lives in Boise, Id. To make good use of her time, Sierra decided to make bracelets. The hospital staff started to purchase them. Sierra learned of our “Saving Bridget” campaign. 14 year old Bridget Mallo from Butte, MT is going to Houston Children’s Hospital for an initial evaluation for a lung transplant on January 6, 2019 and returning on January 12, 2019. Sierra has decided to sell her bracelets to help Bridget. All funds raised through the purchase of her bracelets will be used for Bridget. They come in all shapes and sizes, adult/child, and you choose your color. They are $5.00 plus $1.00 for shipping.
Place your order and help Bridget. Click the donate button on our web page and be sure to type in message, Sierra’s bracelets. Your size, and your color.
Sierra is an amazing young gal who wants to be a part of doing something good. She says, ” We need to help each other, as a teen we don’t get the Normal Life”.
If you don’t want a necklace, you can still donate to our “Saving Bridget” campaign.
From Idaho to Montana, Sierra says, “you are not alone, 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
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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.
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.
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.