Kenzie is 24 years old. After completing her Master’s degree in Theater at Villanova University, she moved to the California Bay Area (Berkeley) to work at Berkeley Repertory Theatre as the Scenic Art Fellow/Apprentice. She completes her fellowship in mid-May and will move to Sacramento briefly to work on Broadway Sacramento’s summer season of musicals. After completing the summer season, Kenzie plans to return to the Bay Area and freelance full-time as a scenic artist/theatrical painter. She has already been freelancing for the San Francisco Playhouse. She really loves living in the Bay Area. Kenzie has also started learning stained glass art and has been spending weekends in the local stained glass studio making pieces.
By the Walk, Anika will be 22 years old. She is almost finished with her Senior year at Hunter College in New York City! She’s majoring in English literature and secondary education with a minor in sociology, as she's studying to be a high school language arts teacher. She loves all the different types of teaching courses she has taken, including going to a local middle school to work with students on their reading habits and attending various talks with experienced teachers. The fall semester of 2023 will be her last semester of undergraduate college where she’ll be working full-time in a classroom, student teaching and then she’ll graduate in December! She received three COVID vaccines, so she loves being able to see her friends and be back out in the city again. Anika and her friend Lily visited Chicago over their spring break. Pete, Teri, Mackenzie, and her best friend, Sophia, have all come up on separate trips to visit her and explore NYC together. She is very busy between her schoolwork, her job at Bath & Body Works, and taking care of her little black cat named Leia. She’s a lap cat who adores snuggles, feathers, pom poms, and is the best roommate Anika could ask for. She’s a little shy at first but once everyone meets her, they absolutely adore her!
Last year, Anika was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis-related diabetes. Diabetes is a common complication of
cystic fibrosis with around 40-50% of adults developing it. She’s monitoring her glucose (yes, finger sticks)
and on a low dose medication to stabilize her blood sugar.
Two years ago, Anika was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis-related diabetes. Diabetes is a common complication of cystic fibrosis with around 40-50% of adults developing it. She’s monitoring her glucose (yes, finger sticks) and is on a low dose medication to stabilize her blood sugar.
Both girls have several CF Clinic visits every year; they have recently transitioned to Adult CF Clinics from the Pediatric Clinic. Anika takes about 8 different prescription drugs a day and Kenzie takes about 5. Each takes 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 for 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 to loosen mucus in their lungs. They breathe medicines daily using a nebulizer and inhaler.
The CF Foundation has made incredible progress in improving and extending the lives of those with Cystic Fibrosis. The mean life expectancy for a person with CF is almost 50 years. This is up from 18 in the 1970s and 32 when the girls were born. Your donations helped make this happen!
Trikafta is the new wonder drug for CF patients. The first drug that is proven, in studies, to increase lung function. Your contributions over the years have directly helped these new drugs and new treatments get developed and tested. Thanks to all of you who have donated for funding the research that made this possible!!!
The last 23 years, we have put together The Bradley Bunch team for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides Walk. Last year, our team raised just over $12,000 and, in total, we have raised over $382,000!!! 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.
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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.