Gala Honorees


Dr. Warren J. Warwick Awardee – Sandy Landvik

The Dr. Warren J. Warwick Award is presented annually to an individual, couple or corporation that exemplifies compassion and care for those fighting cystic fibrosis. Dr. Warwick’s contributions to the cystic fibrosis community are immeasurable. He was a non-conformist, a tinkerer, an inventor and determined to make the lives of CF families better.

Sandy Landvik has worked with the Children’s Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center for 30 years as the Clinic Coordinator. She has devoted her career to taking care of children with cystic fibrosis from birth to transition to adulthood. She feels honored to be able to continue to take care of these children and families and humbled by the daily burden of care required of them.

Sandy and her family have been active and present in many CF Foundation events, especially the Minneapolis Great Strides walk and the Breath of Life Gala. She will continue to volunteer even after she retires - until a cure is found. Her desire for a cure matches with that of Dr. Warwick’s.

Angela Warner Friend of the Foundation Awardee – Jim Dresch

Jim Dresch has lived in Sioux Falls, SD for 53 years along with his wife, Joan. Jim is the owner of Clipper Jim’s Hair Styling and has been serving his community there for 43 years. Clipper Jim, as he's known to his customers, is 76 years-old and is one of the oldest people in the nation living with cystic fibrosis. 

An average day for Jim consists of taking 12 pills to help with digestion and enzyme production, two vest treatments that shake him to help loosen excess mucus from his lungs and clear air passages, and eight different inhaler treatments. In addition to these daily routines, Jim also takes insulin to help manage diabetes, which is often common in adults who have CF.

Jim will be recognized with the Angela Warner Friend of the Foundation Award during the Breath of Life Gala. The Friend of the Foundation Award is named after Angela Warner who lost her lifelong battle of 21 years to cystic fibrosis. The Friend of the Foundation Award is presented annually to an individual, couple or corporation who brings the fight for a cystic fibrosis cure to a greater level.

Jim is determined to do his part to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis through the Clipper Jim Invitational, a fundraising golf tournament that takes place annually in Sioux Falls each July.

2017 Honorees

Missy Bass

Missy Bass was diagnosed with CF in 1981 and quickly became the “poster child” for raising awareness and funds across Minnesota. Missy’s commitment to the CF community has helped thousands learn about cystic fibrosis while fundraising towards a cure. At the Minneapolis Great Strides walk each May, “Team Missy” brings a crowd of supporters along with thousands of dollars to support the CF Foundation mission. Since Missy started at Great Strides, her team has raised over $300,000.

Throughout Missy’s life, she has taken risks including skydiving, bungee jumping, and more, but Missy’s CF could never change her passion for life. We were thrilled to honor her at the 2017 Gala as the Angela Warner Friend of the Foundation honoree.

Karen Reigstad

In Dr. Warren J. Warwick’s honor we will be recognizing Karen Reigstad, RN during this year’s Breath of Life Gala. Karen worked with Dr. Warwick for many years in the clinic and in the University of Minnesota CF Center as a nurse coordinator. She matched Dr. Warwick’s passion for providing the best care possible, with one eye on the horizon – a cure for cystic fibrosis.

Karen and her family have been present and active in many events sponsored by the CF Foundation. She has been and continues to be inspired by CF patients and families and feels blessed that she has been able to be a caregiver for them. She will continue to volunteer and help advance CF care until we ultimately find a cure.

During the 2018 Breath of Life Gala, Karen will be presenting Sandy Landvik with the second annual Dr. Warren J. Warwick award.

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