To be grateful for each breath, is something we should practice every day. Not everyone has the ability to fill their lungs with ease. I’ve grown up knowing that. It is because of Cystic Fibrosis, that I feel so vastly that my lungs should never be taken for granted. Every breath, every inhale and every exhale. The way my respiratory system is so intricately and beautifully made. My body, for being healthy and carrying me throughout my journey of life. I refuse to not practice gratitude. To be grateful, every second, for another breath, every day for another day to experience life. I am grateful.
We should not take moments for granted. We should not take our time here, on this earth, for granted. We should not take our bodies for granted. We should embrace every second. We should inhale the goodness and the grace we have of another day of life.
Today, I will bask in the goodness of another day. I will be grateful. I will not take a single breath for granted. I will take my body as high and low as it can go. These moments, this life and my body- are not forever. I will make every second as beautiful as I possibly can- however I choose to.
Today, I am grateful for each breath.
18 year old Madison Ivey never got to grow up with her cousin Cody, who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis, but she holds her close to her heart. From a very young age, Madison would see a butterfly or hear a song and would know that it was Cody making herself known. She says that, “I feel that Cody is always giving me a sign, leading me to believe that I am on the right path”. ” Madison says that “Cody is her angel on this earth, always dancing to her own beat of the drum”.
Please join the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bozeman, MT on Septermber 13th. Present this ticket (click to download) to your server and 20% of your sale will benefit our Foundation!
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and bring it with you to Buffalo Wild Wings. This will be a fun time to network and be with friends.
Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 20% of all sales (with the coupon) to the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation! This money will be used toward our Mothers’ Retreat “We Walk Together” at the 320 Ranch on September 29th. Please share and invite your friends as well! We love your support!
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Climb for Cody
In celebration of my 50th birthday I plan to complete climbing the 50 highest peaks in New Hampshire. Of these 50 climbs, 48 of them are part of the 4000 Footers, which I first started hiking with my friend Denise several years ago. Since then, Bruno and I have been hiking the 4000 Footers together. The other two mountains that make the 50 highest peaks in New Hampshire are, Sandwich Dome and The Bulge. These two are just short of 4,000 feet in elevation. My goal is to hike the remaining 11 summits on the list of 50 highest peaks, ending a climb to Mount Moriah (#50) in October with Bruno, Denise and a few other friends.
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 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, I invite family and friends to make a donation to The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation. I will match very dollar donated for Climbing for Cody, and Pfizer, who generously offer a matching gift program to employees, will also match each dollar.
Please consider a donation to The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation to help me celebrate reaching this milestone of being 50 years old!