NFL Superbowl’s former QB Boomer Esiason, talks about his son Gunnar and his life struggle with Cystic Fibrosis.
In 1993, Boomer’s son Gunnar Esiason was diagnosed at the age of 2 when Boomer was at the NY Jets training camp. Soon after the diagnoses, Boomer started his organization called “Boomer Esiason Foundation fighting Cystic Fibrosis”. CF basically affects the lungs and the digestive system. The disease is a life threatening incurable genetic disorder.
Read the symptoms that people with CF can have:
- Very salty-tasting skin
- Persistent coughing, at times with phlegm
- Frequent lung infections
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- Poor growth and slow weight gain, in spite of a good appetite
- Frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements
Gunnar said during an interview, “I was dealt a certain hand of cards at birth and I am making the very best of it. It’s not anyone’s fault I have CF. It isn’t a curse. It isn’t bad luck. It just happened”. Gunnar is a Boston College graduate and he also works at the foundation that his father started.
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