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December 20, 2002 - Image 50

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-12-20

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named Josh, who said in his calendar
biography, "I wish I had a close CF
friend that likes to do the same stuff as
me. That's one of the problems with CF,
everyone passes away so darn young."
Josh was 24 then, and interested in
architecture. He had to bring his oxygen
tank to the photo session, but removed
it for the picture.
In the calendar, Josh looks young and
healthy, but in fact he was terribly sick.
He spent most of his time in bed, and
he knew he needed a double-lung trans-
plant.
He fought for life for a long time. But
about a week before his death, Josh
turned to his mother and said, "I just
can't take it anymore." One day, he
asked her to let him go. That night, he
died. Today, Bonnell calls Josh, "an
inspiration."
Another volunteer on the project,
Steve Takenaga, stepped in at the last
minute to design the calendar. As
though he didn't have enough to do.
Steve was dealing with his own disease:
cancer.
"He would do chemo in the morning
and the calendar in the afternoon,"
Bonnell says.
Steve died late last month.
The final step was printing the calen-
dar, which was paid for by Bonnell, her
family and friends, and Axcan
Scandipharm, a pharmaceutical compa-
ny that manufactures various CF drugs.
Millcraft donated the paper, while
Goodwill Printing made a large dona-
tion toward printing the calendar.
Bonnell said all money raised from the
sale of calendars goes directly to CF
research.
Thanks to e-mail, Bonnell has man-
aged to keep in contact with many of
the people pictured in the calendar. She
said she hopes one day to write a book
filled with the same kinds of portraits.
Now, though, she enjoys spending every
minute she can with her daughters.
"Sometimes I see them and say, 'They
look so healthy. They can't be sick ---
there's no way,"' she says.
"Every day, life is really great. But the
problem with CF is you can never stop
thinking about it." 0

The Portraits of Cystic Fibrosis cal-
endar may be ordered from Laura
Teicher Bonnell at
laurabonnell@hotmail.com or by
calling (800) FIGHT-CF. The cost
is $15, all of which is tax-deductible.
For information about cystic fibro-
sis, visit the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation Web site: vvww.cff.org

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