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 impact on the children’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 candlelight-yoga events, a battle of the bands event, brunch at the Wellington, etc and the proceeds go to cystic fibrosis patients and the Nationwide Children’s hospital. The reason me and many other people were there, though, was to make goodie bags and crafts for the children in the Pulmonary Unit at Nationwide Children’s hospital.
There were multiple stations, with each station doing various crafts that were going to comprise the goodie bags that the children would receive. There was a painting station, a goodie bag creation station, a chain-link station and then the station I was a part of: the card making station. Me, the president of Breathe Hope, Emily, and the treasurer, Maggie, all worked together to create cards that would keep good spirits with these children and bring them joy. I tried to create cards with puns and jokes that would hopefully make these young kids laugh and brighten up their day. We tried to create a fall theme and also had Halloween stickers that we used since it is coming close to that holiday. Many of these kids will unfortunately not be able to have a normal trick-or-treating experience since they will be in the hospital still, so we tried to bring the halloween spirit to them.
I really enjoyed this event because I was able to do something that would better a child’s day and try to bring them more happiness. There are many children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis and it is unfortunate because there are many valuable parts of life that they miss out on because they are constantly being sent to the hospital. I am glad that Breathe Hope recognized this and works with the Cystic Fibrosis Association to try and help these children out. I am happy to have been involved in this event and I hope to get involved more with this organization!