"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.

There is a multitude of organizations working to support the cystic fibrosis community, as well as a variety of tools and information available to help people with CF not just live, but thrive.

Jerry Cahill

Jerry Cahill is 55 and is LIVING, BREATHING AND SUCCEEDING with cystic fibrosis.

A longtime volunteer at the Boomer Esiason Foundation, Jerry produces a popular CF podcast and the Wind Sprint video series, and he oversees the Foundation’s scholarship program and transplant grant program. He also is the founder of the Team Boomer athletic program, and in November 2011, he launched the You Cannot Fail: You Are the Hero of Your Own Story campaign.

Jerry received a double-lung transplant on April 18, 2012. Read his thoughts on organ donation and CF Awareness Month in a letter he wrote to the CF community on May 1, 2012.

 

Download Jerry Cahill's official biography

View and/or listen to Jerry Cahil's CF podcasts

View Jerry's CF Wind Sprint videos

Jerry Cahill on CysticFibrosis.com

BEF Establishes Jerry Cahill Legacy Award (February 2012)

Jerry Cahill Awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honor (May 2011)

Jerry Cahill Named a Hero of Hope (January 2006)

 

Jerry’s Story

“Since being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 11, I have viewed my CF with this type of tough stance.  After being diagnosed with CF, my family didn’t treat me any differently, which I believe is one of the biggest reasons I am living, breathing and succeeding with CF today at age 55.”

On Staying Healthy

“At a very young age, the importance of exercise and sports were taught to me.  I have four brothers, and growing up I played every sport they did, whether it was baseball or football or basketball.  My family helped me realize that through exercise I can live a healthier life which would permit me to live like everyone else.  I am very disciplined in taking care of my health and doing my therapies so I can experience life to the fullest! I have competed at the national level in the pole vault, with a personal best of 16’ 10”, and I have completed two New York City marathons. Today, I enjoy coaching pole-vaulting at Iona Prep High School in New Rochelle, N.Y., riding my bike, swimming and lifting weights.”

A Fun Fact About Jerry

He enjoyed a successful career as the vice president of a large men’s designer sportswear company.

Because of BEF

“Because of BEF, I have been able to create/share some great programs for the CF community.”

Proudest Moment: Pole vaulting 16’ 10”
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Color: Blue
Nickname: BigAir
One Word to Describe You: Competitive
Favorite Holiday: Halloween
Dream Vacation: Italy
Favorite Music: Reggae

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