The “Adult” Ver­sion of the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Poster Child

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Jerry Cahill is the se­nior ver­sion of Gun­nar Esi­a­son. He has vol­un­teered at the Foun­da­tion since 2004 and he plays an in­te­gral role in all Boomer Esi­a­son Foun­da­tion ef­forts in the CF com­mu­nity. Jerry, 56 years old and liv­ing with CF, heads up the Boomer Esi­a­son Foun­da­tion schol­ar­ship and trans­plant grant pro­grams, and he hosts a podcast se­ries and the CF Wind Sprint video se­ries. Un­der his lead­er­ship, the Foun­da­tion launched the Ex­er­cise For Life Schol­ar­ship and Team BoomerFight­ing Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis ath­letic pro­gram. Cahill is an­other ex­am­ple of how be­ing com­pli­ant al­lows you to live life with CF. Prior to join­ing the foun­da­tion, he spent 27 years work­ing in sales and man­age­ment in the ap­parel in­dus­try un­til the need for a dou­ble lung trans­plant ended his ap­parel ca­reer, but it didn’t stop him from liv­ing. A life­long ath­lete, Cahill com­peted in the pole vault for the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut and New York Ath­letic Club, in­clud­ing a per­sonal of best 16 feet, 10 3/4 inches. He is liv­ing, breath­ing proof that peo­ple liv­ing with CF can have a ful­fill­ing life. On April 18, 2012, Jerry re­ceived a life-sav­ing dou­ble lung trans­plant and ran in Boomer's CF Run to Breathe only three months later. Cahill coaches pole vault­ing for a New York high school, runs and bikes and hosts a se­ries of podcasts for those with CF. In the ath­letic world, it is said: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach”. Jerry Cahill, much like Gun­nar Esi­a­son breaks the mold. They both do. They both teach, and they both raise the bar on liv­ing with CF. Maybe it would be bet­ter said that they elim­i­nate the bar be­cause the in­di­vid­ual sets the stan­dards. In spite of hav­ing a dou­ble lung trans­plant, Cahill con­tin­ues liv­ing and teach­ing. Gun­nar sets his life goals and lives. Deal­ing with med­i­ca­tions, treat­ments, etc., to be com­pli­ant are just part of life. As Gun­nar says, “you have to get into a rou­tine. It’s just a part of the day.” Team Boomer, cre­ated by Cahill, en­cour­ages peo­ple with CF and those who sup­port the CF com­mu­nity to ex­er­cise, a proven med­i­cal pro­to­col that ex­tends the lives of CF pa­tients. Team Boomer not only en­cour­ages ex­er­cise but also pro­vides an av­enue by

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