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Cystic Fibrosis survivor wants masks to be not affiliated with politics

Tami Dixon hold up a handful of masks she designed
Tami Dixon hold up a handful of masks she designed(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 7:01 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A Casper native started her mask company, Breathe Happy after her cystic fibrosis diagnosis. She said she’s been wearing them for about five years to protect her immune system from dirt, pollution and germs. 

At first, when she was wearing masks from doctor’s offices, people would react negatively. 

“I would explain I had CF and I was wearing it to protect myself and there’s nothing they would catch,” said Tami Dixon, founder and designer of Breathe Happy. 

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, they have sold worldwide and her first design had a filter-- which became impossible to get. 

“There weren’t any filters on Jan 23 available anywhere in the United States. I knew we had a serious issue,” Dixon said. 

She came out with her current design that doesn’t have a filter at the end of March. These come in four sizes, have two layers and adjustable straps. 

Because of her weak immune system, she wants everyone to wear masks so they can stay healthy. She doesn’t want it to be a political argument. 

“If we are going to get our country open again face masks are a necessity. It’s not a red, blue or purple idea,” Dixon said. 

She hopes the emojis and other creative patterns on the masks make people happy during these uncertain times. 

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