Kenzie is 21 years old. After 2 years at Georgia College, she is now graduating in May as valedictorian of her class with a Bachelor's degree in Theatre. This year she performed in multiple shows, was the head scenic artist on 3 productions, and also made her directorial debut for her capstone “Shooting Star” which won 10 awards at the college. She also held executive board roles in her two honorary fraternities: Sigma Alpha Iota and Alpha Psi Omega. While she originally had plans to study abroad in the Czech Republic and work at a theatre company over the summer, she is now living in Georgia to stay safe from the coronavirus until June. In August, she will be relocating to Philadelphia, PA to complete her Master’s degree in Theatre at Villanova University where she has received a full ride and additional scholarship. Next summer, she will be working at the Ohio Light Opera as a scenic painter.
By the Walk, Anika will be 19 years old. She graduated from Lane Tech High School last June with honors, and is currently a freshman at Hunter College in New York City! She absolutely loves living in the city on her own. She’s made some wonderful friends already and loves all the new classes she’s taking, especially sociology her first semester. She got to see a couple of shows on Broadway, and is always exploring the city and new restaurants with her friends. She finished the fall semester on the Dean’s List and is planning on pursuing a major in secondary English education to teach high school literature. Currently, she’s back at home in Chicago because of the COVID-19 outbreak and is continuing her classes through online live streams and assignments. She’s still as much in love with reading, writing, and journaling as ever.
Both girls have several CF Clinic visits every year. Each of the girls takes about 8 different oral prescription drugs a day, including 7 enzyme capsules before every meal and snack. They are often on antibiotics as part of their treatment. They each do respiratory therapy twice a day which takes about 20 minutes/session. The therapy includes wearing a ‘Vest’ that is hooked up to an air pumping machine. It beats air against their chest/back for 20 minutes in an attempt to loosen mucus in their lungs. They breathe medicines daily using a nebulizer.
The CF Foundation has made incredible progress in improving and extending the lives of those with Cystic Fibrosis. The mean life expectancy with a person with CF is well over 40 years. This is up from 18 in the 1970s and 32 when the girls were born. You helped make this happen!
Both girls have started taking Trikafta. It is the new wonder drug for CF patients. The first drug that is actually proven, in studies, to increase lung function. Each girl was on a different drug earlier that helped maintain lung function (Orkambi and Symdeko), but are off those now in order to take Trikafta. Your donations over the years have directly helped these new drugs get developed and tested. Thanks to all of you who have donated for funding the research that made this possible!!!
The last 20+ years, we have put together The Bradley Bunch team for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides Walk. Last year, our team raised over $13,000 and, in total, we have raised about $347,000!!! We have YOU to thank, and we do Thank You from the bottom of our hearts. The outpouring of responses (and donations) that we receive is tremendous. We are always overwhelmed by how much we raise. Our goal this year is just to do better than last year. Please Help Us Beat Our Goal!
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CF Foundation has had to cancel all in-person events such as the Great Strides Walk. This will be huge drain on their resources to help develop new drugs and therapies. We are still raising money as if there would be a walk. If you can support our efforts, please do so by donating whatever you are able.
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Help me reach my fundraising goal by donating to my Great Strides fundraising campaign. Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting life-saving research and medical progress. Your gift is 100-percent tax deductible.