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Take A Breather Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Health, Lung Diseases

Mission: To provide a respite in the form of a wish for those who have been touched by Cystic Fibrosis. Our goal is to give children and young adults, along with their families, the opportunity to "take a breather" from CF and focus on creating lasting memories that will stay with them for a lifetime. Memories that will strengthen their hearts and minds as they battle the psychological, emotional and economic turmoil that accompanies life with Cystic Fibrosis.

Results: We have fulfilled over 200 wishes for children and adults battling this incurable disease.

Target demographics: Cystic Fibrosis

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25

Geographic areas served: The Cystic Fibrosis Community

Programs: our Wish Program gives those battling cystic fibrosis(CF) the opportunity to "take a breather" from the everyday struggles of their disease.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Valerie Lewis E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Shaquille Crawley and i have cystic fibrosis. I am currently on the list for lung transplant due to my cf. Its been a rough road for me, as well as my family. I was contacted by Molly from the take a breather foundation. They gave me the opportunity to take a vacation with my family members. The trip was wonderful and was much needed for all of us. I think this nonprofit organization is beautiful for all they do for cf's. We went to hawks cay in florida and enjoy ourself. The weather was great and the time alone was amazing. Dealing with cf can be overwhelming and feels like all your time is either taken medicine or doing treatments. Trying to stay in up most health is hard at times, and with the break that gave me, just let me relax and spend time with family in a nice environment. I want to thank all involve that made this possible for me. Thanks so much

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was nominated for a take a breather gift by my team of doctors. Although I was not previously familiar with the organization, I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity. I chose to to on a beach trip with my entire family, which I had not had the opportunity to do in several years. The charity was amazing at setting the entire trip up and going above and beyond any expectation I had to truly make the trip special. I am so grateful that I was given this opportunity to relax for a week in the midst of some ongoing medical complications I was experiencing. I am very close with my family and the trip will hold great meaning to me as I carry the memories forward. I cannot thank take a breather enough for everything that was done for me!

-Andrew

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Grace D'Amico and I recently received my Breather! It came at the perfect time because I have had a rocky year with my CF. Up until this point, I've never had too many issues with CF and my lungs, but I became sick in December 2018 and never got better until my first hospitalization in May 2019 after a major drop in lung function. A few months before then my social worker suggested Take A Breather, and after my hospitalization I decided it was definitely something I wanted to do for myself to recognize the hard work I put into my CF and the mountain I had just climbed to become healthy again. I decided to ask for a MacBook Pro and a printer to help with schoolwork going into my senior year of high school. I can complete homework while also getting treatments done, and in college these will be great for me to use for assignments and essays I will have to complete. I am so grateful for my Breather experience and feel so blessed to have received my Breather in clinic with my care team around me to celebrate.

I would like to thank Molly McBryan and the entire Take A Breather team for their amazing work and support, in their mission to make every breath count!

-Grace D'Amico

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Take a Breather,

I cannot even begin to express how thankful I am for my Breather at Atlantis in the Bahamas. I had the most wonderful time- it was a much needed breather from CF. The last couple of years have been very challenging for me health-wise, and in the time I have not been dealing with that, I have mostly been in school. Atlantis was a true paradise, and exceeded every expectation that I had for this trip. It really did let me forget about CF and focus on relaxing and having fun!
My boyfriend (Raph) and I got to walk with sharks, play with dolphins, go on the water slides (called the doom drop or something like that), and catch up on plenty of relaxation by the pools and beaches. The food was wonderful, the people here were so kind- I will be raving about this vacation for a very, very long time. Raph would also like to extend a huge thanks to everybody at Take a Breather. His favorite parts were the aquariums and the dolphins! I could go on for about eight pages about how amazing everything was.
I will never, ever forget this trip, and all of the great people at Take a Breather who helped to make it happen. I have attached some of my favorite pictures from my Breather, too, plus a video from inside of the shark tank and one of the dolphins!

Thank you a million times over!
Caley Gowen

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Michelle and I have four children, three boys and one girl. My boys, ages 11 (twins) and 10 were diagnosed with CF around five weeks old. To say life has been overwhelming, frustrating, and exhausting the last 11 years is an understatement! But with the bad, we have also had good. We have been blessed with kind, empathetic, and loving people to walk along side with us on this journey. People like the Take a Breather Foundation. My son Oliver was able to take a breather and enjoy time at Give Kids the World in Orlando. We are very grateful to Molly and the TAB family for giving us an opportunity to explore Disney and the surrounding parks. Although some days were more tiring than others, Oliver's smile and excitement didn't fade! Thank you again, Take a Breather and to the generous donors for giving Oliver this experience. It's amazing what a few days away with loved ones can do for your soul, especially those who suffer from CF. XO

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5


To Matt & Molly & TakeABreather


I really can't express just how surprised and overwhelmingly thankful I felt (and still feel) upon recieving the package from TakeABreather. When originally asked for my ideal choice of a laptop or tablet - grateful for anything, I figured the decision and selection was best in their hands. Little did I know that you would pick the best possible option and bless me with the Macbook that you sent. Thank you. I promise to put it to good use to truly take a break, take a breather from CF.

From the bottom of my heart, I can't thank you all enough for your generosity and the gift. I hope your foundation and organization conitues to grow so that others, like myself, can be aided with such magnitudes.

Thank you again for everything that you do for others and especially what you've just done to massively improve my quality of life.


With Infinite Appreciation,
Jeremiah

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Shelley Dobson-Butts. I am 37 yr. old and I have CF. I am also a mother of a 12 yr. old that has CF as well. I was given a wonderful wish from Take A Breather to travel anywhere in the continental U. S. I chose DisneyLand in California. This trip meant so much to me and my son. During the last few years I have been having difficulties with my health and the hospital was the only vacation I was resorting to. It's been a long journey to get healthy but I finally have hit a positive streak . This trip was the breather I needed to take a break from the everyday life of living with CF. I also had a recent tragedy in my family. A few months ago I lost my husband to mental illness and it took a toll on my son and my life. I debated whether to still go on the trip after this sudden tragedy but I know we both needed this to help began the process of healing along with the stress that comes along with what we were facing. I so much appreciated Molly and the rest of the Take a Breather Family for embracing us during this tough time and giving us a much needed get away. We enjoyed our stay in Disney Land. We seen so many sights, rode on many rides and ate a bunch. The foundation pulled out all the stops for our trip in which I could never thank you guys enough. This trip gave us just a little slice of heaven for a week that we will never forget. Thank you again Take A Breather..

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Take a Breath is a foundation of commited people, enthusiastic people, lovely people, people with empathy, people that only care for what is important, people in all the sense of the word.
In this CF journey we have been bless in different ways by different people, I have more nice stories to tell than any person that doesnt have this kind of challenges in their life. But, like a child,  I haven't lose my amazement capacity and I keep getting surprised when people like Take a Breath, just because they decided to bring Joy to others, gave to my family this great present, and build such good memories for my daughters life. 
Eternal thank you,
Edwards family

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello!

I recently received a wish from Take A Breather Foundation and they're by far the easiest, nicest, most understanding foundation I have ever worked with. I wrote the foundation while I was inpatient during a hospital admission during the busiest time of the year, Christmas! I had one Christmas wish which was to get a laptop to make my hospital stays much easier since I'm there so much and this foundation responded so quickly and I received my wish within weeks!!!! Matt with the foundation had such great communication with me and walked me through each step and made it such a great experience for me! they even sent me a couple extra gifts to complete my laptop package! I have never been so thrilled with a foundation, I have also never been granted a gift by any type of foundation so when Matt got back to me about being approved I was so happy, they really did make a Christmas wish come true for me. thank you so much to everyone at take a breather foundation who made this wish come true for me and in such short notice.
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Continue to fight the good fight, my thoughts and prayers will forever be with every other cf fighter!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is beyond grateful for the Take A Breather Foundation; because of them my daughter was able to have a special one on one with Belle at Magic Kingdom and have our first family vacation. Though we didn't relax much lol there was too much to do and see, we were still able to take a breather from our everyday. We created memories that will last a life time. Thank you Take A Breather Foundation!

Review from Guidestar

1 Amanda M.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to Take a Breather because of the Take a Breather Foundation. To be able to get out of my “normal” routine and forget about the troubles of Cystic Fibrosis was an unforgettable experience. My family and I were able to go to Disney where I could make some precious memories with my babies and forget about how sick I always am and the many hospital stays. Without TAKE a Breather this would not be possible. Many CFers could benefit from this. I know that this opportunity has also given me a new sense of life. I feel very refreshed and ready to tackle CF even harder!

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1 Shannon L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The past 2 years have been particularly hard for myself and also our family. I have faced many set backs and long courses of treatments with little to no improvement. This doesn't just affect me it affects our whole family. This disease is not something I face alone and many times can be even harder on my family than it is on me. This trip was given to us at the perfect moment and gave us a chance to escape all of that. We were given a chance to be a regular family. Our trip was so incredibly wonderful!! It was so much greater than I ever imagined. I just keep reliving the moments over in my head. I never once felt worried about my health the entire time and I never expected to be able to rid myself of that worry. This breather truly was a breather for our family. Although I used a scooter to get around I felt like every other person there just enjoying the moments with their family.
The kids had so many amazing moments. We were able to get the boys in to do the Jedi Training and Nathan led the parade through Hollywood Studios, I dragged the boys with me to meet Tinkerbell and Dillon and Nathan got to catch the biggest Bass of their lives. We met many characters, rode so many great rides and had so much great food! I LOVE Mickey Waffles!! This trip was such an incredible blessing for us. We will never forget these memories and I am so thankful for the time we had together.

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1 Kimberly K.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently my family was given a great opportunity to take a breather from cf for a week in Florida at Disney world. This trip could not have came at a better time after all the ups and downs that the cf roller coaster takes you on we as a family of 5 got a chance for the first time in over 4 years since getting my youngest sons cf diagnosis. We could not have asked for a better week we laughed we cryed we had melt downs from long days at the park but we were all together as a family. I can not thank this organization and everyone who donates to this great organization enough from the start of the trip arriving at the airport to our week at give kids the world meeting new people and sharing stories to the trip back home was a once and a life time experience that was made possible with you so thank you from the whole intire family to be given this “breather” and time to re group and reconnect as a family .

Review from Guidestar

1 Harry F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a true honor and pleasure being a part of TAB. I have volunteered for other non profits and none seem to have the level of personal touch that TAB seems to have. TAB wish recipients are treated like family. Keep up the good work TAB!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nurse at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, in North Philadelphia.
My first experience with TAB was approximately ten years ago when they fulfilled the wish of one of my patients to “complete her bucket list”
Ashley was 21 years old at the time and couldn’t even walk to the bathroom without the use of oxygen. Her Doctors were urging her to move forward with plans to apply to the lung transplant program at the University of Pennsylvania.
My patient and her family had been struggling since her birth to maintain the best quality of life possible, but time was running out.
Ashley felt that if she could complete her bucket list, that she would find the courage to move forward with her lung transplant.
TAB planned an elaborate trip to the Grand Canyon for Ashley and her family, including a helicopter ride, as her stamina was so compromised from her disease.
When Ashley returned to Philadelphia, she was again hospitalized with severe lung failure and was rushed to HUP from St. Christopher’s Hospital, ready for her lung transplant, with the courage and knowledge that she was well prepared for this next stage of her battle, as her bucket list was complete.
Since that time, TAB has sent nearly every child with CF at St. Christopher’s on the trip of their wish.
They come to the clinic and to the inpatient floor every Christmas with IPads and gift cards for any patient who is hospitalized, or in the clinic during the week before Christmas, and they have never turned down the request of the doctors or social workers who know that they will help with anything a child with CF might need.
They were able to pay for cochlear implants for our 20 year old patient who had lost his hearing from his exposure to the antibiotics needed to treat his CF, and insurance didn’t cover.
I know I can reach out to them, and count on their support for any child in need.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a social worker at the UNC Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a progressive lung disease which slowly limits the ability to breathe over time. As a CF Social Worker, I attend to both the financial and emotional needs of our patients. The needs in both of these areas can be overwhelming. CF is a very expensive disease - even if you have health insurance, there are co-pays for multiple medications, clinic appointments, and hospitalizations. CF is also an emotionally exhausting disease - patients have 2-4 hours of treatments EVERY day. They also know (usually from birth) that they have a limited lifespan and struggle with the implications.
Fortunately, we have some allies to help us assist patients who are struggling with the financial and emotional consequences of their disease. Take-A-Breather has been a phenomenal source of relief and strength for our patients. The vacations that they offer allow our patients an otherwise-unavailable chance to take a vacation that gives them moments of joy and allows them to recapture their strength and hope.
I am incredibly grateful that the Take-A-Breather Foundation has expanded to North Carolina and can extend wishes to the adults in our clinic. This is an amazing foundation and I hope that they will be able to continue in their mission with the help of generous donors.
Marianne Buchanan, LCSW
Chapel Hill, NC

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Take a Breather is a wonderful organization. They recognize that it’s not easy being an adult with CF and sometimes we need a “breather” as well. As a recent recipient of a wish I am so grateful to TAB and all of their sponsors. My parents and I went to San Francisco. This past year has been a rough year for me and I have had to make some hard decisions recently. So this trip could not have come at a better time. There was so much to see and do, there was no time to worry about anything the whole vacation. I came back feeling lighter and happier than I have in a long time. We all loved every minute, but the definite highlight was going to see the Giants play the Mets at AT&T Park. I also loved seeing the lovely sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf and the vibrant colors at the Conservatory of Flowers and tasting the best dim sum ever in Chinatown. None of this would have been possible without TAB. So thank you so very much from my whole family!

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1 Audrey Davis G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has Cystic Fibrosis and her days are filled with working to stay healthy. From medications to breathing treatments, air way clearance and doctor visits, Patty does it all without complaining. Take A Breather sent my daughter and our family on a cruise to Bermuda. This meant a lot to Patty because she was able to escape from the day to day living with CF and just enjoy her beautiful surroundings. Instead of clinic visits, she was on the beach and swimming with the dolphins. It definitely reinvigorated her and she wants to continue to stay as healthy as possible because she wants to visit Bermuda again. It was absolutely amazing and we made memories that will last a lifetime. My daughter enjoyed every second of Bermuda and the cruise ship. We could never thank Take A Breather and their donors enough.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Take A breather sent my family to Disney World and allowed me to put aside the daily struggles of life associated with living with Cf. We had a great time and made memories we will hold forever. I cannot express in words what this experience has meant to me or my children!

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2 Linda B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family is so very thankful to the Take a Breather Foundation for granting our family the trip of a lifetime! My oldest daughter suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, and the last two years have been extremely difficult for her as her health declined significantly. She spent most of her Senior Year of High School in the hospital or home bound and was listed for a double lung transplant. The call from Take a Breather couldn’t have come at a better time! The entire family needed time to take a break from hospitalizations, IV’s, and doctors appointments. The trip truly gave us an opportunity to “breath”!
We were blessed with a trip to Hawaii and surrounded by God’s beauty we were able to have a respite from the demands of the disease. The kids and I made memories that will last a lifetime! We are so very thankful to Take a Breather and our anonymous donor who made this very special trip possible! Molly and Matt, you feel like part of our family now and hold a special place in our hearts!
Much love, Linda, Maddi, Zach, Grace, and Gabbi

Review from Guidestar