Fredrick Key was the beloved husband to Ernestine Key (CFT Staff) and adoring father to Lena Pearl Key. He peacefully transitioned to heaven in September 2018.  Fred was an amazing jazz musician who played the upright bass and enjoyed riding all kinds of bikes, from spin cycles to motorcycles. Those who knew him know that he was a man filled with passion and a lot of love.

For several years, Fred went undiagnosed with a disorder called sleep apnea, which is a condition where a person repeatedly stops breathing in their sleep. It was this condition that later led to a massive stroke that he survived for nearly six years before his transition.

It is estimated that over 20 million American adults are undiagnosed with sleep apnea today. When severe and untreated, it is often coupled with other serious health conditions like high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Loud snoring, daytime fatigue and gasping for air while sleeping are just a few of its symptoms.  If you or someone you love suspects they may have this condition, please talk with a doctor and request a sleep studyFred’s Fund was created because we believe that with increased testing, increased awareness and increased treatment, more people that struggle with this condition can live longer and healthier lives. This is how we wish to honor Fred’s life.

Fred’s Fund was launched in tribute to Frederick Key on September 1st, 2020, on his birthday, to improve the lives of people struggling with sleep apnea, especially American men with African heritage, to make testing and treatment for sleep apnea easier and more accessible to those in need. Fred’s Fund supports this work through donations to the American Sleep Apnea Association as part of their Sleeptember Campaign, which runs the entire month of September each year.

Donations throughout the month of September will allow us to celebrate Fred’s life by increasing the quality of life of others who struggle with this condition. We love him and miss him every day. His legacy will live on through your help to help others live longer and healthier lives. 

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Jenna-Wade Fowler

Executive Assistant, Relationships