Aaron at the 2016 CFF Gala. Photo by Chris Arson Photography.
Aaron Bailey — one of my high school classmates from Indiana and a close friend — transitioned from a decade-long career in hotel management to becoming a development manager at the Northern California Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).
Aaron was at a juncture in his career where he was seeking more meaningful work, and he felt a personal connection to the foundation’s work because his nephew, Brayden Bailey, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at one-monty old.
Since Aaron started working for CFF, I’ve been able to learn more about cystic fibrosis (a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe) and CFF’s fundraising events that contribute to the advancement of cystic fibrosis treatment, and ultimately helps find a cure for a disease that affects 30,000 Americans.
I was honored to be able to do the flowers for the 2016 Breath of Life Gala on Saturday, February 27 at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco that raised more than $200,000 for this important cause. To learn more about the chapter’s events and ways to support CFF, please check out their Facebook page.