What is Anna’s Army?

May 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm 6 comments

I was really amazed at how many people in my class did not know what Anna’s Army was.  When I first meet Anna I had no clue what Anna’s Army was or what they do.  But once I saw how adorable and strong she was I knew I wanted to help and get involved to help spread the word.  I mean look how adorable she is, wouldn’t you want to help also.  So I ask do you know what Anna’s Army is or what they do?  For all of those who don’t I’m going to share with you.

I think this is amazing what the Reno family is doing for Cystic Fibrosis.  Not too many families would be able to keep doing what they do especially after losing a child at such a young age.  I had a chance to meet Anna and her family when I went to bible school with my aunt.  During the bible school they were raising money for Anna and her family to buy Anna her own dresser because she had to share with her sisters and she wanted her own.  This was just a couple of years before she passed away.

Anna’s Army began when Anna Reno, a little girl from Hillsboro was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.  Anna was diagnosed with CF when she was 3 months old, and her family started the Army, to help raise money for research and a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Today I will share three things with you: 1-Cystic fibrosis 2-Anna’s story and 3rd Anna’s Army

Cystic Fibrosis or CF affects the lungs and digestive system.  It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults, and may result in early death.  In 1965, Mary Weiss had 3 young boys who all had CF.  She began doing research on CF and done this without her boys knowing.  Until one night one her boys caught her and he told her he knew what she was doing.  And she asked him what he thought she was doing and he told her that she was researching “65 Roses,” which sounds like Cystic Fibrosis.  The term 65 Roses then became the term they used to tell children who can’t say Cystic Fibrosis.

Anna was 3 months old when she was first diagnosed with CF.  Anna grew up with CF she did everything most little girls do.  She was a cheerleader, played soccer, she made the honor roll, and loved the color blue.  Anna was 8 years old when she lost her battle with CF on March 29, 2009.  Even though she has passed her family has kept the Army going and it keeps getting stronger every day.  The Reno’s has done many events to help raise money for CF.  Every year there is now an Anna’s Army day in Hillsboro; it is the 3rd Friday in April.  Anna knew about this day and was quite excited about it but she passed just weeks before the first big day.  The event still went on and continues to go on every year.  Each year the event keeps getting bigger, they have so much to do for the whole family and its all for a good cause.   Andi and Justin Reno, Anna’s parents says this day to them is their super bowl and they love this day.  Everyone in the community coming out to help them year after year is amazing and they are grateful for everyone involved. This year was the third year and they raised $18,000 just at Anna’s Army day, so far this year they have raised over $30,000, there goal for the year was only $25,000.   They do many events throughout the whole year.  Most of all the events are local and all money raised goes straight to the Cystic Fibrosis foundation.  Anna’s Army has raised over $160,000 since they started this Army.

Anna’s Army will keep continuing to be strong until a cure for Cystic Fibrosis is found.  Just remember someone with Cystic Fibrosis is just like everyone else except they take longer to heal.  If they get a cold it could take them up to 21 days to get rid of it where it would just take us a couple days or so.

In closing I have discussed what CF is, told you Anna’s story and explained what Anna’s Army does.  So, if you want to know more and what you can do to get involved you can go to  www.annas-army.com or join Anna’s Army on facebook.


Entry filed under: By Annie, informative speech, public speaking, Speech Topics, storytelling, Uncategorized.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dottie L  |  May 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    after you shared the story of anna and her army it reminded me of my sister mentioning it not to long ago. turns out she knows about it as well and her husband (my brother-in law) are working on doing a wrestling show for them sometime in the near future. If you have heard of this its called Bizarro Live Wrestling. I love what they are doing that they continue to raise money for research.

  • 2. haylee2012  |  May 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I had heard of this before but honestly did not know what it was or who it was about ! I’m very glad you shared this, it really brought a lot of light to what the disease is and what we can do to help.

  • 3. Jennifer  |  May 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing this speech with the class. Like many others, I had no idea what Anna’s Army was all about. I had seen t-shirts and signs in front yards, but that was about the extent of it. I’m so glad that I now have the knowledge behind it. It sounds like a great organization!

  • 4. julieshafer  |  May 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Annie, I already knew about Anna’s Army but I didn’t EXACTLY know what cystic fibrosis was. You did a good job at explaining it and I now fully understand what it is. Anna’s Army is a great cause to be involved in and it’s encouraging to see how fast it is growing! You did a wonderful job, keep up the good work! 🙂

  • 5. christina1380  |  May 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve lived here in Hillsboro for alil over 3yrs and always heard of Anna’s Army but never knew what it was exactly. But since your speech I wish I had gone and been apart of the events going on. I never knew they were for such a good cause. You did a great job on your speech, very informative thank you.

  • 6. Alicia  |  May 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    You hear about funds for breast cancer, ect. But not very many people actually know what cystic fibrosis is, and I think Anna’s Army is doing a great job of spreading awareness and raising money. I think it is absolutely amazing what annas army is doing, Anna is truly inspirational 🙂


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