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The reason the Bonnell Foundation began was because I had two daughters with cystic fibrosis. This episode is my girls perspective. They live life to the fullest. They both traveled to Nicaragua for a mission trip (different years with their High School class), studied abroad in Spain (Emily) and England (Molly). I decided not to let my fear run their lives. They have missed party’s, school trips, events, school, college days and taken it in stride. They have skied with a picc line, been hospitalized in England with no family to care for her, but friends rallied. Emily’s daily life is often disrupted by pain from the disease, but she soldiers on. They have been through hell, and now, the pandemic. Their truth, and wise words are in this podcast. I realized parents needed both emotional and financial support. There were a lot of much needed fundraising being done by foundations for research, but in 1994, not much for parents. That’s when I decided it was important to start my Foundation. It wasn’t until 2010 that I had the time to do it. The girls were always in the hospital (usually Emily) and I was working in the field of my dreams: radio news reporter.