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.
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.