The Friend of the Foundation Award is named after Angela Warner who lost her lifelong battle of 21 years to cystic fibrosis. Angela was a loving, intelligent, and generous young lady. She fought the disease with courage and diligence each day of her life. It is what is required of all those fighting CF. The Angela Warner 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.
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. The award also recognizes those who have made innovations in the treatment and care of cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Warwick’s contributions to the cystic fibrosis community are immeasurable. Dr. Warwick seemed set on breaking established rules and beliefs about CF care. He was a non-conformist, a tinkerer, an inventor and determined to make the lives of CF families better.
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.
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.