Memorial Wish

On Feb. 13th, the Narberth CF Run and the Take A Breather Foundation, (TAB), lost an early, generous, and ardent supporter of helping children with Cystic Fibrosis. When the Narberth CF Run was started in 1996, Peggy Freeman, her husband, Jim and their five children made the trip from Valley Cottage, NY to Narberth, PA, to volunteer at the Run. Peggy and her family faithfully continued to make this annual trip to support this CF event for the next 17 years.   

Peggy was introduced to Cystic Fibrosis when her sister, Marie, had two sons with CF.  Marie’s first son, Mark, died in infancy from this disease, and her other son, Matthew, is now the Director of the Take A Breather Foundation.  Ironically, five years ago Peggy would be personally impacted by this disease when her grandson, Tommy, was also diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

Peggy spent most of her life helping, guiding and caring for those she came in contact with, whether it was in her family, church, or community.  After graduating from Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey, where Peggy was a “cheerleader”, she went on to get her nursing degree from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. It was Peggy’s nature to be a care taker, both professionally and personally throughout her life. And it was also her nature to be a ‘cheerleader’ for many of those whose lives she touched.

Peggy met her husband, Jim, while attending her brother’s graduation from Holy Cross College. They married in 1963, and went on to have five children and fourteen grandchildren. Over the years, Peggy was very involved in Birth Right International, and befriended many of the unwed mothers she helped there. Peggy was also very active and committed to the Fellowship of Hope  Prayer Group, in her parish Church, St. Paul’s, where she was a mentor and friend to many. 

In addition to her ongoing outreach to others, Peggy loved to play tennis and golf……and was thrilled when she made her first “hole in one”. She and Jim loved traveling with friends, spending time with their family on Cape Cod or sitting by the pool in their backyard, which was often filled with grandchildren.  

Although Peggy is no longer with us, we will continue to honor her dedication to helping children with Cystic Fibrosis, by establishing “The Peggy Freeman Memorial Wish”. This “Wish” will be given annually to children who are treated at the CF Center in New York where Peggy’s grandson, Tommy, receives care. This Memorial Wish is one way we will continue to carry on Peggy’s legacy of helping others and her special commitment to children with Cystic Fibrosis.