65 Wellness Wishes
Meghan’s Light 65 Wellness Wishes grants 65 health-focused awards for wellness memberships and activities in and outside the hospital. Recipients are children and adults with CF treated at Boston Children’s Hospital with a percentage reserved for Boston Children’s patients living in Western MA. The target number 65 references sixty-five roses a term used since 1965 by young children with cystic fibrosis trying to pronounce the name of their disease. The project honors Meghan’s lifelong passion for fitness. The 65 Wellness Wishes program will soon be extended to patients at the Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Cystic Fibrosis Program at Baystate Health in Springfield, MA.
65 Wellness Wishes Recipients
Lauren | Chicopee, MA
Wellness Wish: Dance Lessons at a Fred Astaire Studio
My husband and I started dancing for our first dance and quickly fell in love with it. Not only is it great exercise but it’s an instant date night! With this gift, I look forward to physical and mental health.
Melanie | New Bedford, MA | Age: 37
Wellness Wish: Reiki/Massage Sessions
I have been on IV antibiotics for 7 weeks and am still struggling to feel better. In addition to my pulmonary symptoms I am also experiencing lots of back pain from all the coughing, etc. I believe that a Reiki/Massage combo will help me feel better both inside and out. However, it’s a hard time of year financially so I could not afford this complementary therapy. Thank you so much for your consideration. Happy New Year!
Kayla | Somerville, MA
Wellness Wish: Private Pilates Classes at C2 Body Studio in Boston
This form of exercise has grown more important to me ever since I began experiencing severe problems in my back and shoulders due to the force and frequency of coughing. I have taken group classes with several different instructors at C2 Body and they are by far the best instructors I have ever encountered A number of these instructors are trained physical therapists. I believe that a few private sessions would provide an exponential benefit to the work I do in the group classes, which I plan to continue taking.
Nora | Franklin, MA
Wellness Wish: Planet Fitness Membership
Fitness has always been my way of keeping a healthy mind and body except I’ve never been able to afford a gym membership. With this wish I plan on getting into the habit of going to the gym every day, using the classes and getting myself to be as healthy as possible
Bryen | Methuen, MA | Age: 17
Wellness Wish: Membership to Choice Fitness
I would go to Choice Fitness daily for exercise.
Kate | Gloucester, MA
Wellness Wish: Pilates Classes
I too felt like I was hand and hand with Meghan today. I thank her for supporting my journey of getting better. I didn’t mention it today but I am trying to get on the lung transplant list. I am very interested in trying Pilates to strengthen my core. I have tried aerobics and it is too hard to catch my breathe. Pilates works on using muscles that open your airways and builds strength in your body as a whole. The studio is aware of my CF and will work specifically to help me. I would be very honored to keep Meghan’s Light shining.
Becky | Chicopee, MA | Age: 24
Wellness Wish: Personal Trainer
I have been very ill the past few years and feel exercising would be very beneficial to my health and improve the quality of my life. My CF has really been taking a toll the past two years and fitness went to the sideline because my energy level was gone. I desperately want to get back into shape and improve the quality of my life again. I think having a personal trainer will keep me motivated and feel like I have extra support.
Emily | North Grafton, MA | Age: 37
Wellness Wish: Anytime Fitness Membership
I would like to join a gym to help me get stronger, improve my health and increase my lung capacity. I also believe this will help my mental health as well.
Katarzna | Woburn, MA | Age: 28
Wellness Wish: Salsa Lessons at Kadanse
Four years ago, I took Salsa lessons with a friend and ever since, I’ve wanted to continue with them. Dance/ballroom dancing is AMAZING cardio and a form of airway clearance. Kadanse offers everything from Salsa, Cha Cha and Zumba to Yoga and Barre classes! The added bonus is that they are one mile from my apartment and I have a friend who is committed to learning Salsa with me.
Joseph | Fall River, MA | Age: 9
Wellness Wish: Taekwondo Classes
Joseph has been going to Taekwondo for 4 months. He really loves it and gets a lot of exercise and different experiences out of it. This would really help to keep him going and doing what he loves. (Request from Mom Melissa)
Erica | Cambridge, MA | Age: 29
Wellness Wish: Dance Classes at the Dance Complex in Cambridge
Exercise is a big part of my CF routine! My favorite way to exercise is taking dance classes, but I often have trouble affording them. I’d love to be able to take one class a week at the Dance Complex in Cambridge!! It would be so great for my lungs and my mental health!
Christina | Blue Hill, ME | Age: 38
Wellness Wish: A Treadmill
I am currently going through the lung-transplant evaluation for a 2 nd time. After going through Pulmonary Rehab twice, exercise is proving to be an essential part in staying off the transplant list and being overall healthier. Being able to acquire a treadmill will allow me to exercise at my pace, in my home with no excuses. It will also allow me to exercise without the health risks that public places can have on CF patients. When my lungs fail, when transplant becomes a reality, I want to be strong and ready.
Kristen | Medfield, MA | Age: 21
Wellness Wish: Firebird Fitness
I currently work two jobs while also being a full-time college student and I still make sure I am staying active by working out. I found it hard to find fitness classes that would fit my busy schedule but was able to find a startup fitness company that is willing to work with my schedule called Firebird Fitness. This grant would really help in paying for this service so I can stay active and keep my lungs in motion.
Tracy | Lowell, MA | Age:
Wellness Wish: Planet Fitness
This past year has been a bit tough for us, financially and personal health wise. I have neglected my fitness health due to working 2 jobs, in order to keep up with the demands of paying for college amongst other living expenses. My daughters are encouraging me to take action and change this. They would like me to be able to walk the dogs with them, while having a conversation, around the neighborhood without stopping several times to allow me to catch my breath. In October I had to leave my job, to fill this time I started to workout at home. I use fitness videos and a treadmill at my neighbor’s home. I find that I am having a hard time keeping motivated. My daughter has now decided she wants to help keep me motivated, she purchased me a used fitbit 2. I send her reports on my daily accomplishments and we discuss how I can improve. I’ve been going to Planet Fitness with a friend on their membership. I find the energy of being in the gym inspirational. I would like to get a membership giving me the ability to make my own schedule. Plus, with this membership I would be able to bring one of my daughters with me from time to time. I feel like going to the gym would be a great tool to achieve my goal, which is to comfortably walk the dogs and talk with my girls without stopping.
Nancy | North Andover, MA | Age: 40
Wellness Wish: Home Yoga
My husband and I have been going through IVF for the last 2 years. We just had our first round in December and found out we’re pregnant! We had to pay out of pocket for IVF so any help going towards yoga which helps me would be appreciated. I love love love yoga, I am so excited to get this opportunity. Yoga is an activity that may benefit patients with CF in many ways including strengthening muscles of breathing, improving lung function, and reducing stress which could improve quality of life and adherence to therapies. Even prenatal yoga can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies. Studies have suggested that practicing yoga while pregnant can also improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth.
Kaci | Bridgewater, MA | Age: 19
Wellness Wish: Old Colony YMCA
I am a 19 year old student at Bridgewater State University. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. I have always loved going to the gym because it is not only very beneficial in keeping me healthy with my CF, but it is also a stress relief for me. Gym membership payments are difficult, so this would help me greatly. The YMCA offers weights, cardio equipment, classes such as spin, body pump, swimming, yoga, and more.
Kevin | Westford, MA | Age: 38
Wellness Wish: Gym membership
I have been a lifelong patient at Boston Children’s Hospital, where I have received wonderful care. A little over six months ago, I received a life saving double lung transplant due to end-stage Cystic Fibrosis, and most recently just got discharged from the hospital following an episode of acute organ rejection after a brief illness. If awarded this grant, it would be such a huge help and stress relief. I would use this grant to help pay for a gym membership at a local facility. My town recently opened a recreational facility where they have a gym and offer adult basketball pickup games. My goal is to start playing basketball regularly once my precious donor lungs are up and running again. I haven’t been able to play an organized sport like this since college, so this would mean the world to me.
Ali | Cambridge, MA | Age: 34
Wellness Wish: Fitness ClassPass
This grant would allow me to continue taking fitness classes. WIth ClassPass it keeps me socially engaged and keeps me pushing myself. I feel better emotionally, mentally, and physically. But, the cost is a monthly cost that does cause stress- making finding the funds to continue always a burden. Financial problems with this illness cause stress when it should be the last thing patients need to focus on. I would feel so appreciative for any financial assistance, that would ease my mind and give me peace to not have any added pressure to find health-related activities.