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Ali Brennen
$20,562.00
[100 % of goal]
$20,022.00
Jun 22, 2013 1:00 PM
The Kick Off Century Ride
My Message
Hello! My name is Ali Brennen and I am 20 years old. I am riding the first day of the GearUp4CF bike ride for my sister Joanie, for all of my friends who suffered from CF and for all of my friends who continue to fight every day. I am also riding for me, because I can now.

I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. I have had to cope with the terrible effects of this disease throughout my entire life. Until August 16th 2012, I was doing around 4 hours of physiotherapy to keep my lungs as healthy as I possibly could. My health deteriorated so much that I was on IV therapy more often than not in my grade 12 year as well as in my first year out of high school. Some of the largest breaks from running IV medications I would have were only a week long. My pulmonary function was fluctuating substantially and in my grade 12 year of high school I finally decided to go on the list to wait for a double lung transplant at VGH.

This was the scariest, and most important decision of my life. I will never be able to describe how my life was changed on August 16th 2012, when a beautiful person gave me the gift of their beautiful lungs and gave me what I have always dreamed of, the breath of life. Doctor Yee at Vancouver General Hospital was my surgeon that day, and I will forever be grateful to him and his team as well as to everyone else involved in the process at VGH, St Pauls, and Children's Hospital.

My family and friends through this time and through all of my life have been unyieldingly supportive. They are everything to me. I love you all. Being lucky enough to have the most caring and loving parents and sister I could ever have hoped for, I never thought that I could be so fortunate as to have Martin, my love, in my life. I have never met someone so empathetic, so trustworthy, and so incredible. Thank you all so much for everything you do for me, and thank you for always believing in me.

Cystic Fibrosis has affected my life in too many ways to count. Prior to my transplant, I had my daily physiotherapy, which took up far too much of my time. Cystic Fibrosis weakened me so much and drained me of so much energy that I couldn't live the life I wanted to live. Prior to my transplant and continuing now, I consume around 60 pills a day to keep myself healthy. Although these aspects of my life were so strongly affected by CF, nothing CF did to me came close to what it has done to my family and to so many other families. In 2003, CF took my sister Joanie from me. It took her life as it has taken so many others'. No one should have to fear for their life, and no one should have to fear for the lives of their loved ones.

Cystic Fibrosis has hurt so many people and taken family and friends from the people who love them. Nothing should ever take someone's sister away from them. This disease must be stopped. We have to find a cure. Please donate today. Thank you for all you do to help us fight.


~Ali and Joanie, fighting together, always<3

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My Donors



Supporter of GearUp4CF 
$1,500.00

 
Fiber Core Telecom Inc  
$1,500.00

 
Mom & Dad 
$579.00

 
Stella, Bogey, Nellie & Nyala Brennen 
$500.00

 
sid keay 
$500.00

 
Kruse Welding LTD. 
$500.00

 
Linda, Jamie, Laura and Ashley Sawchuk 
$500.00

 
Sandra Herd 
$500.00

 
Gregg and Gay Fischbuch 
$500.00

 
Joe Hearn 
$500.00

 
Susan Heyes 
$250.00

 
The Legge Family 
$250.00

 
About Staffing  
$250.00

 
michael fang 
$250.00

 
Eleanor Sleath 
$250.00

 
The Sturrock Family 
$250.00

 
David Saba and family 
$250.00

 
Lia Bowling and Jack Stoughton 
$250.00

 
Urine Good Company  
$250.00

 
Cory & Chris Ketchum 
$200.00

 
Ted 
$200.00

 
McEwan Electric Ltd.  
$200.00

 
Barbara Holland 
$200.00

 
La Notte Restaurant 
$150.00

 
Chris Schembri 
$150.00

 
Alison Sturrock 
$150.00

 
Ariel Martz-Oberlander 
$150.00

 
Herb and Donna Brennen 
$150.00

 
Chris Blohmke 
$130.00

 
velofix Holdings Ltd. 
$128.00

 
Gord and Patti Thorne 
$100.00

 
Barbara and David Ferguson 
$100.00

 
The Brandes Family 
$100.00

 
Joanne, Gary, Mac, Spencer, Mitchell and Blake Hunter 
$100.00

 
Ali Brennen 
$100.00

 
Tamara, Craig & William 
$100.00

 
Nanci Farrell 
$100.00

 
Rhonda Sexsmith 
$100.00

 
Warren Porter 
$100.00

 
Supporter of GearUp4CF 
$100.00

 
Kristine Kerr 
$100.00

 
Mary Doak 
$100.00

 
christine millar 
$100.00

 
Colleen Coulter 
$100.00

 
The Buzath's - missed shoot 4 the cure 
$100.00

 
C Kohse 
$100.00

 
deb gue 
$100.00

 
Mauri Clemons-Braund 
$100.00

 
Kathy Kealey 
$100.00

 
Stephanie & Sarah Gustin 
$100.00

 
Mike,Cindy,Hannah,Ty,Bodhi 
$100.00

 
Michelle, Carter, Lindsay, James and Maddie 
$100.00

 
Carol Mann 
$100.00

 
Maryhelen Bowling 
$100.00

 
Lauren, Matthew, Anne and Larry 
$100.00

 
Auntie Dot 
$100.00

 
Barbara Fudge 
$100.00

 
Dorothy Beauchamp 
$100.00

 
Grandpa 
$100.00

 
Don, Margaret, Colleen, Kelsey, Kayla 
$100.00

 
Leona and Brian Darlington 
$100.00

 
Jane Jefferis 
$100.00

 
Kerry, Jon & matt 
$100.00

 
Rachel Beauchamp 
$100.00

 
Supporter of GearUp4CF 
$100.00

 
Virginia Duncan 
$100.00

 
Spence, Shane, Ann & Kent 
$100.00

 
Derek and Brenda Bustin 
$100.00

 
Armour/MacAulay family 
$100.00

 
Christina Yan-Lee & Michael, Justine, Graham and Andrea Lee 
$100.00

 
Kate Wolfe 
$100.00

 
Deb Elliott 
$100.00

 
Gregory Pedersen & Kathryn Johnson 
$100.00

 
Linda Stenberg 
$100.00

 
Victor,Melissa,Nicole,Hannah Morgan 
$100.00

 
Kira, Michael & Andie 
$100.00

 
Gary Katayama 
$100.00

 
Courtney, Heather and John Shaw 
$100.00

 
Sarah Van Snellenberg 
$100.00

 
Larisa Bobescu 
$60.00

 
Cadi Fortes 
$54.00

 
Martin Pierce 
$50.00

 
Supporter of GearUp4CF 
$50.00

 
Lizzie Q 
$50.00

 
Megan Fanning 
$50.00

 
Alexa Villalpando 
$50.00

 
Supporter of GearUp4CF 
$50.00

 
Cory Bailey 
$50.00

 
Brendan 
$50.00

 
Teresa Pridham 
$50.00

 
Joan Swain 
$50.00

 
The Buzath's 
$50.00

 
Mirna and Lana 
$50.00

 
Friends of the Quirke family 
$50.00

 
Christina Demiris 
$50.00

 
Kasey Bustin 
$50.00

 
Bev Philipp 
$50.00

 
Nancy Black 
$50.00

 
Peter Lints 
$50.00

 
Marty Harris 
$50.00

 
SFTC 2013 
$50.00

 
Elviro Marsella 
$50.00

 
Claire and Camille Crowther 
$40.00

 
Maddy Wilson 
$35.00

 
Jodi Gilmore 
$25.00

 
Kelli Harper 
$25.00

 
Nick Ison 
$25.00

 
Supporter of GearUp4CF 
$25.00

 
Lauren Jackie 
$20.00

 
Ben Tettamanti 
$20.00

 
Tyler Pletzer 
$11.00

 
Joanna Holland 
$10.00

 
Rick 

 
Kay Holt 

 
Tracy and Buddy 

 
Joe Valentinuzzi 

 
Anne Lacey Samuels 

 
mer Montador 

 
Kathy Johnson 

 
R Brown 

 
Kaylia 

 
Chasmar-Jordan Family 

 
Supporter of GearUp4CF 

 
Richard Beauchamp 

 
Joris Janssen 

 
meganne calabrigo 

 
Lorne & Julia Brennen 

 
Kevin Mathias 

 
Butcher family 

 
Supporter of GearUp4CF 

 
Supporter of GearUp4CF 

 
Emily Jones 

 
Supporter of GearUp4CF 

 
Cheryl Wertman 

 
BDN&S 

 
Supporter of GearUp4CF 

 
Hilary Meredith, Michael Heeney, Frannie Heeney 

 

For more information about our event, please email us at mbevis@cfvancouver.ca.
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