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Cystic Fibrosis is a debilitating disease and causes severe breathing and digestion problems. The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation believes you can lead a full and beautiful life despite the fatal disease you are fighting.

The inspiration for CDBF came from Cody Nicole Dieruf who died from cystic fibrosis on April 28, 2005, at the young age of 23. Before her death, she hoped her parents George and Ginny, would help others who are living with cystic fibrosis. This inspired her parents to start the foundation and honor her memory.

The foundation’s tagline, Breathin’ is Believin’ means we are committed to helping as many families across Montana as possible. If you or your loved ones are fighting this disease, please know there is a support system.


For over ten years, CDBF has helped raise awareness about cystic fibrosis and supporting Montana families living with this incurable disease. Working to unite families who face this disease every day serves as our motivation to continue our mission.

Raising Awareness

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease and over fifty years ago, the average life expectancy was just 10 years old. Due to medical advancements, today, people fighting this disease can live much longer and happier lives.

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month and The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation wants you to know we are here to help. Living with a debilitating disease that has no cure should not translate into living in misery. Cody Nicole Dieruf chose to live life to the fullest, witnessing, and experiencing as much beauty as this world has to offer.

Having such a passion for life can make a big difference in how to manage this disease. Through donations and community support, CDBF has been able to provide scholarships to children dealing with cystic fibrosis. Our foundation aims to help people cope with this disease. We encourage people with CF to have strength, dream big, and continue to hope.

Providing Support

The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation believes no family should have to fight this disease alone. We understand the emotional and financial toll this disease can have. Our foundation has already helped over 200 families across Montana.

We offer financial assistance for those that need it for travel, meals, and lodging while away from home at hospitals and other treatment facilities. A CF treatment many experts recommend is exercise, an understandably difficult activity when dealing with constant breathing problems and malnutrition. The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation also has the Fit For Life Recreation And Fitness Scholarship. Getting enough physical activity can help strengthen your body and mind, making it easier for your lungs to breathe.

Staying active in conjunction with routine medicines and therapies is key to properly manage CF. This scholarship helps children and young adults dealing with CF the opportunity to develop a life-long, healthy routine.

Inspiration and Uniting Families

Mothers of children with CF know it is a full-time job and it can be stressful. Which is why we offer them a Mother’s Retreat. A weekend where mothers can unite, finding renewal and support from one another. This allows them to learn new approaches and stay connected with the CF community.

George and Ginny followed through with their daughters’ wishes and understood that death is not the end, not when Cody’s spirit can live on in their memories. When loving memories continue to inspire, mending hearts becomes easier. The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation believes in spreading this inspiration by helping to bring families and communities together.


HighEnd Montana knows how to connect you with the best brands and businesses this state has to offer. We understand how challenging it can be to find community support for cystic fibrosis. Especially in a state where communities are so spread out.

If you are not sure where to look, let HighEnd Montana help. For more information on the foundation or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out. We welcome all inquiries and would love to hear from you.

I have personally contributed to the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation for over ten years and have watched the impact they have on those living with Cystic Fibrosis and their families.