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Loretta was born March 31, 1950 and died in November 1971, at the age of 21 years. Her Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis did not come until she was 16 years old. In spite of her illness she enjoyed the recreation activities of horseback riding and dance, and was also an avid reader. She was attending California State University at Northridge at the time of her death. She worked part time in the University Library. Not letting CF hold her back, in the last few years of her life she traveled with a good friend to Ireland. She and her sister Barbara traveled through the Pacific Northwest and to British Columbia just two months before her death.
In honor of her sister, Barbara and her siblings established this fund in 2010, to help CF patients share in the activities which have been enjoyed by Barbara and Loretta... Barbara was not diagnosed with CF until she was 64 years old. She is still leading an active life and regularly swimming laps. Grants are available for dance, horseback riding, golf and swimming/aquatics. Other recreation requests will be considered. California residents are given preference.
Kristen Gregg, Fillmore, CA Age: 24– Grant for Dance
I have watched my level of contentment and health soar in the last two months because I am dancing again. I want to strive for excellence and would be extremely grateful for the opportunity to do so with CFLF’s help. I take an aggressive approach in maintaining my health and this grant will assist with my efforts.
Samantha Ferry, Thousand Oaks, CA Age: 19– Grant for Dance
When I dance the world disappears and suddenly I am normal. Exercise was always important and now even more so. Dance is good for me in so many physical ways; dance lets me live my life how I want to. Getting this grant would mean the world to me, not only is it a great way to keep my lungs open and keep me healthy and fit; it truly is my passion in life.
Callie Brochu, Deerfield, NH Age: 12– Grant for Horseback riding
Being able to horseback ride more would be amazing. Riding helps me escape CF; riding has made me feel stronger mentally and physically. I feel so free when I ride. I like the feeling of wind bouncing off my face as I canter. Feeling good about something like this cancels out the doubts and dislikes of CF.
Caitlin Caro, Mission Viejo, CA Age: 14 - Grant for Cheerleading
This grant will help me because cheering is really good for me. It keeps me active, fit and when I jump on the trampoline is makes me cough. I want to improve so I can cheer in college.
DeAnna Farnham, Fairfax, VT – Age: 47 - Grant for Swimming
A low impact exercise like swimming will help me get more physically fit so I can actually ride horses again, my favorite activity.
Jonathan Sautter, Los Angeles, CA - Age: 8 - Grant for Swimming
Doing sports and exercise helps keep me healthy and strong. It helps my lungs to get better.
Sofia Valdez, Alameda, CA – Age: 8 - Grant for Dance
A dance grant would improve my life because dance is great exercise for my lungs and helps me let out my worries and confusions. Dancing is a happy glowing feeling I get when I turn my back on my worries about CF and focus on dancing.
Breana Schroeder, Long Beach, CA – Age: 11 - Grant for Diving
My favorite after-school activity is diving. This sport helps me out with my lung function. This grant would improve my life as I think I can really excel in diving.
Kayla Hays, Chippewa Falls, WI. Age: 29 - Grant for Horseback Riding
Horseback riding helps to calm my mind and body. I have a hard time relaxing and have found that one of the few activities that helps me relax. This grant will allows me to participate in horseback riding more often. I have and incredible love for animals and they bring so much joy to my life.