Thursday, February 18, 2010

Putting Cystic Fibrosis in the Penalty Box

So, this weekend my family is jet-setting off to St. Paul, Minnesota to watch my little brother Andy (can I still call him little when he's almost 33?) play in a hockey tournament.  It's going to be bloody awesome!  Oh wait, I'm not British.  It's going to be bloody and awesome!

Apparently that's a good thing?  Because he seems awfully excited about it.

But the violence is all for a good cause, because this is no ordinary hockey tournament.  My amazing little bro has organized this tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

I don't talk about it very often here on my blog, but my family has been touched deeply by cystic fibrosis.  My darling little niece Ellie was diagnosed with it shortly after her birth.  Ellie is the daughter of my older brother Matt and his wife Jennifer, and is just a few months younger than Ashley.

Savor the cuteness:


Anyway, I have all these sappy dreams of Ashley and Ellie being best friends, growing up together, having play-dates and sleepovers, graduating together, being in each other's weddings, being godmothers to each other's kids...

(Matt, please don't take out the restraining order just yet.  I have a point that I'm getting to.)

Because I want all the wonderful things in the world for Miss Ellie, I'm on a quest to find a cure for cystic fibrosis!!!  Unfortunately, I went to law school instead of medical school so I'm sometimes at a loss as to what I can actually do to help move things along.

But my little brother Andy, on the other hand, is not at a loss.  Even though he lives up in Minnesota and doesn't get to see Ellie as much as he'd like, he organized this amazing benefit for her called the Checking for Cystic Fibrosis Tournament.  It will be held this Sunday, February 21st at the Blaine National Sports Center Schwanns super rink, and consists of various public safety agencies playing a double elimination hockey tournament.  Did I mention that Andy is a paramedic?  Yeah, he's awesome and he saves lives.

Good lord.  i just realized I left the part about manly firemen and paramedics playing hockey until almost the end of this post.  I would never make it as a cystic fibrosis fundraiser.  

Anyhoo, if any of you are in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area come Sunday and are looking for something to do, stop by the tournament to support the fight against cystic fibrosis!  Or just come to watch manly firemen and paramedics play hockey, whatever floats your boat.  And if any of you have an extra dollar or two that you've been meaning to donate to a worthwhile cause, my family would be absolutely thrilled to have you support Andy's fund-raising efforts by clicking right here to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Or just send a prayer/good thoughts Ellie's way - we'll take all the good vibes we can get.

Oh, and while you're at it?  Please say a prayer that Scott and I survive the six hour drive up there with the kids. Oof.


Anonymous said...

Praying praying for the drive...oh yeah, and a cure : ) Love ya,Anna

Anonymous said...


I may have to stop by. We have a lot in common, my dear. My brother's daughter, Mya, was diagnosed when she was three months old. She's three now and is doing awesome - probably helps that my brother is a pharmD and sister-in-law is a nurse! I live in the cities (well, one of the many suburbs) so I might try to head up north, since I'm down south. It would be great to see you!

Jaimie (Luckritz) Schuster

Richele said...

Hi! This is Richele from FFF on MBC. A friend from church has two children with cystic fibrosis.

The picture of the girls is just beautiful! What dolls!

Denise said...

Praying for all.
Those girls are adorable!
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Veronica Lee said...

Hi Megan! Welcome to the FFF Club! Love your blog.

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Have a great day. Adorable Picture.

Anonymous said...

Such cute little girls! Stopping by and following from Friday Follows. Have fun at the hockey games.

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Emily said...

What a wonderful event! If the drive from CT to MN with two toddlers in the back wouldn't make me certifiably bonkers, I'd be there! Both my daughter Susanna and I are CF carriers, and I'd really like to get CF stamped out before Susanna gets to the marrying age and has to ask her husband, "Oh by the way, have you been screened for CF?" I'd like to make that an unnecessary question. I pray that the fundraiser is a huge success, and Ashley and Ellie have a lifetime of friendship ahead of them.

Ann said...

Found you through FFF on MBC.

Everyone is in my thoughts and my prayers. (Good luck on that long car ride!)

Just Jenn said...

That is bloody awesome! (sorry couldn't resist!) I have been blessed to know a few beautiful people with CF... and I have a little guy with something 'rare' (undiagnosed) medical stuff in children touches my heart! You should come see my post today! ... Ellie is in my heart, in my prayers and here to hoping for a lifetime of friendship and memories for y'all! Your newest follower! Just Jenn~

Stefanie said...

Wow what a great event! hunky men and a good cause all packaged together ...mmmmmm :)
I wish I lived closer

Stopping by from MBC and now following you :)


Melissa said...

What an adorable picture of the girls! And how awesome that your brother was able to put something together like that. I'll keep Ellie and your family in my prayers. Good luck on your long drive!

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Veronica Lee said...

Following your lovely blog now on FFF.

christy said...

Praying for a cure :) and good luck on that drive!
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Ms Bibi said...

We are tottaly hockey family and to watch hockey combined with a good cause it's the best.
We had a scare with CF when my son who's type 1 diabetic was misdiagnosed with CF last year. It was the worst 2 months of my life and I can't even imagine how hard it would be to live with if every day.

Thank you for stopping by and following. I am your new follower.

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I live in MN!! That is fantastic that your bro organized that event!

Hope you are liking it in MN - it is a warm weekend (finally)

Following you from MBC!

Heather McDougle said...

I wish I could come and support CF at the hockey game! I hope it's a sold out event!

I'm following you from Friday Follow!

shawn said...

Stopping by from FFF on MBC
I hope that this hockey game has a great turn out and alot of money is raised for CF. My neice has mitochondrial disorder and we just held a benefit for her. I wish there was a cure for these dieases. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rita A. said...

Good luck with the tournament. Have a safe drive. Rita @

Erin said...

what an awesome thing for him to organize! Have fun. Following you from Friday Follow

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mrs. b. said...

love that picture-so sweet. heck yea, let's find a cure! what an awesome little brother you have. and you'll be in my neck of the woods this weekend, how cool!

Kristin said...

What a sweet sweet soul your lil' bro has!!

The Lane Family said...

You niece is so sweet and beautiful hugging Miss Ashley. What a wonderful thing your brother is doing and thank you for sharing it with all of us.

Have a safe and fun trip!!!

Heather said...

What beautiful girls! Sending lots of thoughts and good vibes your nieces way.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your blog here! Following you now. I'll be running a giveaway tomorrow (Monday) if you are interested.

BranderPaul said...

You know what the "6 hour drive" part of your post reminded me of??? Here's a hint... it involves mario.. and a kart... GAME ON! :)

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

Picture of the girls WAY too cute. Praying for your drive and a cure to Cystic Fibrosis. What a beautiful blog you have. Visiting from MBC FFF. Following you now. Please come by and visit me sometime too:

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Kelly's Lucky You said...

Prayers for you and for Miss Ellie!

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andy peter said...

Thanks sis for putting this up! In the end, 3 missing teeth, countless boody noses, pulled groins and plenty of sick calls the next day. But we raised 10,000 dollars for the cystic fibrosis foundation