- An estimated 70,000 people worldwide have cystic fibrosis
- Disease causes mucus to clog the lungs, making it very difficult to breathe
- Gunnar Esiason was diagnosed with CF when he was 2
- Now 23, he says the disease has taught him to be resilient
Gunnar Esiason, son of retired Super Bowl quarterback Boomer Esiason, has cystic fibrosis. His dad founded the Boomer Esiason Foundation to fight and find a cure for the life-threatening lung and digestive disease. In over two decades, the charity has raised more than $100 million. Now a Boston College graduate, Gunnar works as a CF advocate and program director at the non-profit that was founded to save his life and the lives of other CF patients. The views expressed are solely those of the author.