The Boomer Esiason Foundation Announces its Second Bike to Breathe Event

BEF Contact:

Chris McEwan Office: 646.292.7939



NY Presbyterian Contact: Linda Kamateh

Office: 212-305-5587




Kristina Quintos

Office: 212-649-9606



Supported by NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

WFAN’s Morning Show ‘Boomer & Carton’ will Broadcast Live at the Finish Line on Sept. 24th

The Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) is excited to announce its second Bike to Breathe Event: Jerry and Em’s CF Adventure Continues, a 500-mile bike ride that begins in Bar Harbor Maine and ends in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia where CBS RADIO station WFAN Sports Radio 660AM/101.9FM will broadcast the morning drive program ‘Boomer & Carton’ live at the finish line on Thursday, Sept. 24th from 6:00-10:00AM, ET. This Team Boomer event series encourages people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their families to stay active and exercise – an important factor in the health and wellness in any person battling CF.

“We are so proud of Jerry and Em for embarking on another incredible journey to raise awareness for BEF and CF. As a CF Dad, I love seeing people like these two fight their disease and inspire an entire community,” said Boomer Esiason, Chairman of BEF.

“The Boomer Esiason Foundation has been instrumental in supporting doctors, researchers and patients in the fight against CF,” said Dr. Joshua Sonett, Chief of General Thoracic Surgery and Director of The Price Family Center for Comprehensive Chest Care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. “We’re thrilled to host the foundation as we all cheer on Jerry and Em in the final leg of their journey.”

Jerry Cahill, a 59-year-old CF patient and double lung transplant survivor, is living proof that an active, healthy lifestyle positively affects his quality of life. He is currently BEF’s CF Ambassador, volunteering for the Foundation to help the CF community in the here and now.

Emily Schaller is a 33-year-old CF patient who started cycling, running and exercising in 2007, when she was introduced to Cahill’s story, because she was “sick of being sick.” At the same time, she started the Rock CF Foundation to heighten public awareness about her disease and to raise money for research.

Jerry and Em’s Great CF Adventure route is as follows:

  • Day 1 (Sept. 14) – Bar Harbor, ME to Rockland, ME
  • Day 2 (Sept. 15) – Rockland, ME to Portland, ME
  • Day 3 (Sept. 16) – Portland, ME to Boston, MA
  • Day 4 – 7 (Sept. 17-19) Boston, MA
  • Day 8 (Sept. 20) – Boston, MA to Providence, RI
  • Day 9 (Sept. 21) – Providence, RI to Hartford, CT
  • Day 10 (Sept. 22) – Hartford, CT to New Haven, CT
  • Day 11 (Sept. 23) – New Haven, CT to Norwalk, CT
  • Day 12 (Sept. 24) – Norwalk, CT to New York, NY

For updates on Jerry and Em’s Great CF Adventure, please follow them on Twitter at @jcahillYCF, @RockCFem, the BEF Twitter at @Cysticfibrosis or #CFBikeAdventure. The BEF Facebook page also will share updates throughout the journey –

Cahill, Schaller and the Boomer Esiason Foundation would like to thank NY Pres./CUMC, GENENTECH, Vertex, DCU Kids, Chiesi USA, North Shore/LIJ, Cinn. Children’s, Novartis and CFS/Walgreens, whose generosity made this event possible.


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, located in New York City, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, comprising the teaching hospital NewYork-Presbyterian and its academic partner, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. The hospital is also closely affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area, according to U.S. News & World Report, and consistently named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation. For more information, visit


The Boomer Esiason Foundation

Throughout his career in professional sports and the media, Boomer Esiason has been a committed and active participant in many charitable causes, but he began focusing on cystic fibrosis in 1993 when his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the disease. That same year, Esiason and his wife, Cheryl, launched the Boomer Esiason Foundation, a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure. For more information, go to



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