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Raising awareness about the importance of access to care for CF patients & their families
Jan. 9, 2017 (Southfield, MI) – The Bonnell Foundation today announced an important upcoming collaborative summit to spotlight cystic fibrosis (CF) and raise awareness about the disease and the public policy needs of the CF community in Michigan. The summit, “A Roadmap for CF,” will feature the newly formed statewide Cystic Fibrosis Task Force and presentations by key legislative representatives, advocacy experts and CF patients and their families. It will be held from on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 26455 American Drive, Southfield, MI.
The summit is intended to bring together leading experts on CF, medical professionals, public policy makers, parents, patients, and caregivers to tackle public policy issues surrounding CF in Michigan and present a training to help the
CF community better engage with state lawmakers and key decision makers on the challenges of living with CF and what resources and tools are needed to navigate the disease.
For more information about the summit, visit www.thebonnellfoundation.org or email Laura Bonnell, president of the Bonnell Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is 29 year old Kristina Caudill. She has cystic fibrosis. I (Laura Bonnell) met with her Monday to talk about how many times her managed medicaid plan denied her request to get on Orkambi, an approved drug for CF by the FDA (July). Caudill and her CF doctor will try for a 5th time to get her on the medication. The state medicaid panel met Tuesday and after months of people advocating to get the drug approved, the panel made a recommendation to have it listed as an acceptable drug. The state Director, Chris Priest (approachable, media accessible and with a desire to help) says it won’t be a long wait but couldn’t say exactly when it will be in the hands of the approximately 30 people who don’t have access to the meds. These are people on average whose yearly income is below $30,000. I also talked to Governor Snyder today and he said the new drugs coming out for people with CF and other diseases is exciting. As Priest stated, and the Governor agreed, they have to listen to the recommendation of the panel (and they approved it), pay attention to costs and talk with legislators.
Listen to the audio of Laura and Kristina’s talk:
WWJ Newsradio 950’s Marie Osborne reported on The Bonnell Foundation’s holiday fundraiser. Lois Teicher, sculptor and Grandmother to Molly and Emily Bonnell (who both have cystic fibrosis and are the daughters of our Founder, Laura Bonnell) has designed holiday cards for Christmas and Hanukkah, which are currently for sale.
The Bonnell Foundation’s “Portraits of Cystic Fibrosis” calendar is now available for purchase online. Check out the new public service announcement, which first aired on December 6, 2012![audio:http://thebonnellfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Bonnell-Foundation-CF-PSA-120612.mp3|titles=Bonnell Foundation PSA – December 2012]
We hope you were able to come see the game. It was so much fun! It was extremely hot but the players gave it their all. Thanks to everyone who played, volunteered or showed up and bid on our silent auction.
FOX 2 Detroit’s Charlie Langton talks with Emily Bonnell, who is living with Cystic Fibrosis, about the Bonnell Foundation’s Celebrity Baseball Game in a special public service announcement. Watch here:
For more information and to purchase tickets to the game, click here.
The Bonnell Foundation: Living With Cystic Fibrosis was featured in the “For Your Health” section of the December 2010 edition of the Costco Connection magazine. The article, entitled “Tackling cystic fibrosis, one day at a time”, highlights the “Portraits of Cystic Fibrosis” calendar fundraising efforts.
As mentioned in Michigan State Representative Jim Townsend‘s (D-Royal Oak) e-newsletter on June 20, 2011:
Local Organization Working to Increase Awareness of Cystic Fibrosis – The Bonnell Foundation, located in Royal Oak, is working to build relationships between parents who have children newly diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and longtime CF families. They are working with the media to help raise awareness.
Laura Bonnell, the mother of two teenage girls with CF, started the Foundation when she saw a need to connect parents of children with CF, and to better meet the needs of families, parents, and people living with the disease. Locally, parents are being connected through a mentoring program to help spread the hope and strength of people who live with CF every day.