"I try to reassure everyone who has been affected by this disease that CF isn't the end of the world if you don't want it to be."
The experience of living with cystic fibrosis is markedly different today than it was decades ago. Thanks to the discovery of the CF gene, the availability of effective drug therapies and advances in technology, the 30,000 Americans who deal with the disease day in and day out are living longer and fuller lives. In a word, they are thriving.

Dan Palumbo

For most of his life, Dan Palumbo, 53, kept his CF story to himself. Now, by sharing that story, he hopes to help others as they face the challenges he knows so well.

Dan’s Story

“Growing up in Dupont, Penn., cystic fibrosis did not determine who I was. As a child, my parents got me involved with sports and exercise, similar to my peers. They also introduced me to the drums, which raised my interest in music while allowing me to move about and exercise. Music continues to be a large part of my life, and I currently play the guitar and keyboard and enjoy writing. Upon graduation from Kings College, I founded an ad agency. I have been working for 31 years doing a range of advertising that includes television, radio and print.”

Dan’s Mission

“My mission is to fight as long as it takes to experience the glorious day a ?cure? is actually realized and announced. The day when parents no longer fear having children with cystic fibrosis, and children no longer suffer its devastating effects. Not a manageable disease, a nuisance of sorts, but the actual end of cystic fibrosis. My mission is to be here when it happens. The party will be at my house!”
On Staying Healthy. ?I stay compliant with treatments so I can live life to the fullest and take care of my family. Due to digestive problems, I always eat healthy and continue to exercise on the treadmill every week.?

On Staying Healthy

?I stay compliant with treatments so I can live life to the fullest and take care of my family. Due to digestive problems, I always eat healthy and continue to exercise on the treadmill every week.?

A Fun Fact About Dan

His favorite movie is “Tommy Boy.”

Because of BEF

“The Boomer Esiason Foundation has touched my life positively in so many ways. At 53, and being one of the survivors, BEF has taught me that telling my story may help so many others in their daily struggles with cystic fibrosis. BEF has helped me grow to learn to open up and share my experiences. Working in television and owning an advertising agency for the past 31 years, I tried to keep my CF story to myself. I really can’t explain why, other than fear of scaring off clients and associates—a selfish motive that [BEF’s] Jerry Cahill and my friends at BEF have taught me to overcome and outgrow. Having a degree in mass communications, you would think that I should know the importance of getting the word out—but obviously, I’m a slow learner! Looking back, a few things have helped me get through the harder times: prayer, family, attitude, exercise, compliance, and knowing that whatever mountain I must climb, I’m not the only one. I am part of the CF family. If you are young and fighting CF, take it from a Moldy Oldie: tell your story and get the word out—we need a cure and more resources like BEF. Thank you Jerry, and thank you BEF for really changing my outlook ... and changing my life!”

Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Pastime: Music
Favorite Movie: Tommy Boy
Favorite Color: Blue
Dream Vacation: Italy with family