Boomer Esiason Foundation: Playing to Win

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason always knew he would be a lifelong enthusiast of the sport that brought him so much fame. Being an ardent spokesman for cystic fibrosis (CF) is what took him by surprise. Then a $500,000 grant from his foundation, to name the Gunnar H. Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Center here at Morristown, pleasantly surprised us all.

Mr. Esiason’s son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with CF in 1993, and since that time, the football legend has raised more than $130 million to support research and programs benefitting the CF community. He knows all too well the physical struggles Gunnar overcomes on a daily basis.

“He’s incredibly unflappable, determined and heroic,” he says.

Mr. Esiason also knows a winning team when he sees one.

“Dr. Stan Fiel and his entire staff have been highly regarded in the CF community for years,” he says. “Patients and their families have raved about their care at Morristown for as far back as I can remember.”

 
Patients and their families have raved about their care at Morristown for as far back as I can remember.
– Donor Boomer Esiason
As the center moves forward, one of its short-term goals is to provide a smooth process for patients as they transition from pediatric care to adult care.

Over the long term, Mr. Esiason says, “We envision Morristown as a leading center that provides a blueprint of success that all other hospitals can follow. After meeting the team here, I have absolutely no doubt that the outcome will far surpass expectations.”

Pictured (l-r): Gunnar, Cheryl and Boomer Esiason

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