Breathe Hope is an amazing organization on campus that I wish I heard about sooner. They do a lot of amazing events around campus and in the central Ohio area to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis.They volunteer at events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, make blankets and other crafts for patients in the Pulmonary Unit at Nationwide Children’s hospital, and they also raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by holding yoga classes and other fundraising events throughout the year. They really believe in creating a lasting relationship with these patients and their families and making a change to hopefully bring an end to cystic fibrosis related deaths. I loved to hear how passionate the members of this organization were about creating change and educating people about cystic fibrosis and its impacts on people’s day to day lives. They really are very passionate about this cause and seem to invest a lot of their time into making sure that more and more people are aware about it.
When I went into the event the members broke down what their organization stood for and what different events they were planning related to raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They had a lot of fun and unique ways to raise money that I feel will get people involved and help raise money such as yoga events, a battle of the bands event, brunch at the Wellington, etc and the proceeds go to cystic fibrosis patients and hospitals. The reason me and many other people were there, though, was to make blankets for the children in the Pulmonary Unit at Nationwide. Winter in Ohio can get really cold and to keep them warm we made cute fuzzy blankets that will keep them warm and cozy this winter season.
I have personally never been good at knitting or anything like that so I was a little nervous when I heard that we would be making blankets for the children. I still decided to go because I felt even though I was lacking in the knitting department I could probably help out in some other way. When I arrived I found that they had blankets that were already created which was quite a relief. They just needed for us to help make the blankets more unique with different designs and by creating frills on the ends of the blanket. It was good to have people on my team, who I found out were also International Affairs Scholars, that knew how the blankets should turn out so we ended up making a few beautiful blankets. I also decided to write a couple of cards, since the holiday season is coming up, and I felt I should just write some positive (and funny) notes to keep them going.
This event really helped me realize many things, one being that there is just so many things that we should all be grateful for. There are children and adults that are going through so much pain and suffering and we sometimes forget about the people we have in our own lives until it is too late. It really is a wake up call that we should all be trying to contribute to making this world a more beautiful and positive place where everyone is loved and accepted. Breathe Hope and other amazing student organizations on campus are contributing their time and efforts to making other people’s lives better and I hope to contribute to them as well!