Up For Air

Up For Air follows Jerry Cahill, a 60-year-old pole-vaulting coach, living with cystic fibrosis pre and post double-lung transplant. The documentary was shot over a period of five years, following the steady decline of Jerry's lung function. 

Up For Air goes on the journey with Jerry as he vaults over the many obstacles of this next chapter of his life, showcasing the fragility of life while revealing the power that self-discipline and community can have in fortifying it. Up For Air emphasizes an approach to life filled with dedication and determination. Anyone who watches the film will be inspired by it long after the film has ended.


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Jerry Cahill, Ambassador at Boomer Esiason Foundation

At 60 years old, Jerry Cahill has overcome remarkable odds to become living, breathing proof that cystic fibrosis patients can have a normal life through firm commitment to exercise and medical compliance. An avid biker and pole vaulter, Jerry says that exercise has been instrumental in delaying the progression of his disease and ensuring successful recovery from his double-lung transplant.

Jerry serves as a CF Ambassador at BEF, leading its scholarship and grants division. He is a founder of Team Boomer, the athletic arm of BEF dedicated to encouraging exercise among CF patients and granting scholarships to CF student-athletes. Jerry is the inspiration behind “You Cannot Fail,” a campaign that encourages people to embrace their inner hero.

Jerry regularly records educational podcasts and videos and encourages others with CF to share their stories as well. As the recipient of the inaugural Jerry Cahill Legacy Award, named in his honor, Jerry has been an inspiration to all who meet him. His story is a reminder the right attitude combined with grit and determination can make a world of difference.

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