August 13, 2005 -- Ginny's first speech was at a CFF Wine Benefit and Concert in Denver that was held in conjunction with the Denver Grand Prix. Although she had to deliver her speech over the sound of race car engines, many people were clearly touched by her message of love and hope.
Rocky Mountain News
August 22, 2005

"...Ginny Dieruf, Levi's and Cody's mother, drove in fromBozeman, Mont. for the 65 Roses benefit and took the stage with CFFColorado chapter Executive Director Rick Willis. Ginny described to patrons how her daughter lived life to the fullest by reading the words Cody wrote for her own obituary... Cody died April 28, 11 daysbefore her graduation from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.  She was awarded her bachelor's degree posthumously at the commencement ceremony. A scholarship fund has been established in her name...  

Talking with a Mom who has 2 girls with CF

"Cystic Fibrosis is About LIVING, Not Dying"

Click here to read a complete copy of Ginny's powerful and heartfelt speech about Cody. 
Ginny & Rick
Ginny's second presentation was in her hometown of Bozeman, MT.  At the request of a local physician, Ginny spoke to medical students at MSU's WAMI Medical Program about cystic fibrosis.  Her presentation addressed the emotional aspects of the disease and how it personally effects families. She shared Cody's story with young, future doctors, and discussed the significant impact medical professionals had on Cody's life and how important it is for doctors to offer hope to patients with terminal illnesses. 
October 12, 2005

 I am here because I take a personal interest in Cystic Fibrosis.  Our daughter was diagnosed at the age of 9 years old.  And that was the day our world changed.  I am here to speak as a mother who has lost a child to this fatal disease.  Her name is Cody Nicole Dieruf...

 

She left this world at 23 yrs old.  She left behind a wonderful father whom she adored.  A father who supported her through out her life.  A father who bragged about her every move, and who showed off her pictures to all he knew.  She left behind the best brother that a sister could ever want.  She was very close to her brother.   He was her confident, her stability, her strength.  He gave her laughter and advice, he gave her friendship and love.  But little did she know that she was the one who gave to us, courage and strength.  She had a colossal amount of friends.  She touched everyone that she had came into contact with in her life.  Cody left behind a legacy of love.  She did not let this disease get in her way of living.  She refused to do that...

 

Cody once said, “If I could only have one day to know what it was like to walk down the street and breathe.  If I could only have one day to know what it would be like to be free.  No oxygen, no medicines, no pounding of my back and chest, no shortness of breath, no stomach aches, no sinus pain, free from headaches, and muscles and joints that move freely without pain, no hospitalizations, no surgeries,  no restrictions. Just one day to be free and than I would go back to the special reward of Cystic Fibrosis.”... But she said, “when I fall, I will get back up” Because I am the victor not the victim....

 

These children and young adults have Cystic Fibrosis, but it is not who they are.  Yes, it will shape those with the disease, because it is part of there lives.  They  do not want to live in fear, in fear that their lives may be cut short, in fear that they will one day leave there loved ones behind.  These children are not victims, folks, they are the victors.  They will triumph in this physical battle with your help and your support. Our children are our future, so please, “Give so they can Live.” There is no reason they should live in fear.  Research centers all across the country are working diligently to find a cure.  Through this a life is extended.  Through research new and stronger medicines are being developed, and genetic testing is done consistently.  And one day a cure will be just around the corner to save our children. 

CFF raised $20,000
at the inaugural 65 Roses benefit.
Sharing Cody’s Message About CF
Cody had a message and she wanted Ginny to tell it.  She said that Cystic Fibrosis is about living, not dying.  She asked her mom to tell other parents who have children with cystic fibrosis to “let them live.”  Let them experience life to its fullest. Tell the parents to allow their children to realize that they have a special gift.
Ginny is fulfilling Cody's request.  She has delivered Cody's message at functions for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and Montana State University.  Through this courageous effort, Ginny is raising awareness of CF, raising vital funds for CF research and care, and sharing Cody’s beautiful life with the world.
Excerpt of Ginny's Speech
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Ginny's work to spread Cody's message has culminated in the establishment of the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation which seeks to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and provide financial and emotional support to families in Bozeman, Montana and the surrounding communities who are fighting this disease.  Through the Foundation, Ginny and the Dierufs are carrying on Cody's beautiful legacy, spreading her message of hope and life, and helping others with CF. 
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