Creating HOPE for those with Cystic Fibrosis through creative memory keeping
My scrapbooking inspiration comes from my wonderful husband, James, and our four spunky kids, Sean, Kaitlyn, Liam, and Logan. I started scrapbooking when I was in high school, and have been paper crafting for 20 yrs now. My favorite crafting supplies to collect are papers and chunky embellishments.
My daughter, Kaitlyn, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was barely 18 months old. This is a deadly disease that has no cure. I started ‘Scrapping for a Cure’ in 2009 out of the need to give support in finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Over the years, Scrapping for a Cure has grown from a 12 participant weekend retreat in Alabama to over 70 participants, hosted in Germantown, TN! Each year we gather together to celebrate friendship, life, and our love for crafting as we raise money to help CFF find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. In March 2019, Kaitlyn had to have a liver transplant, related to her cystic fibrosis. Due to this surgery, hospitalization, and the unknown of her health, Kaitlyn and our family had to miss the 10th year of SFAC. Now that Kaitlyn is doing so much better, our family is looking forward to another year at SFAC and all it entails to plan such an event. Though SFAC is only a two-day event, we plan year round to create the magic and make it possible.
Since I was a little girl, I've had a love for paper. I would spend all my allowance and birthday money on it. I would cut it, glue it, color it, fold it, just whatever creative idea came to mind. I loved it – and still do! Today I'm a little more focused on my use of paper. After my husband and I had twin boys, I became addicted to scrapbooking, and of course, we all know paper is crucial! So for almost 30 years all that pretty paper has helped create scrapbooks that will give my grandchildren (someday, I hope) a look at their family history.
Family is what connected me to Scrapping for a Cure. My brother died of Cystic Fibrosis when I was 4 months old. I don’t remember Roger, but I do remember my parents’ grief of losing a 4 year old son at various times while growing up. Back in 1960 very little was known about CF, but today with all the medical research being done, children with CF are hopeful a successful cure will be found. Working with the Scrapping for a Cure event allows me to do my part to help raise the needed funds to continue this crucial research. Please join us in making futures brighter for those with CF!