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Boomer Esiason Foundation LogoThis is the second in a series of 3 blogs dedicated to raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. The first blog can be found here. The final blog in the series will be posted on December 30, 2008.

Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason is best known as being one of the most prolific left-handed quarterbacks in NFL history, as well as being an outspoken analyst for CBS and Westwood One Radio. He amassed nearly 38,000 yards and 250 touchdowns in an NFL career that spanned 14 seasons. His greatest accomplishment, however, has nothing to do with football.

In 1993, Esiason's 2-year-old son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis after being taken to the hospital with breathing problems. Esiason was, understandably, devastated by the news, but he didn't hesitate to organize the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The Foundation's purpose is to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, in the hope that one day CF will be completely eradicated. The Foundation has raised over $55 million for CF awareness. They host an annual fundraiser called the "Booming Celebration", which alone has raised over $18 million over the past 16 years.

Boomer and his wife, Cheryl Esiason, are co-chairs of the Foundation. They work closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Foudation to raise awareness for the horrific disease. On NFL games that are broadcast on Westwood One Radio, ReMax makes a donation to the Boomer Esiason Foundation for every touchdown scores, as well as donating to the Foundation's Sack Cystic Fibrosis scholarship fund for CF patients for every sack recorded over the years. Anyone interested can donate to the Boomer Esiason Foundation, as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

To find out more about the Boomer Esiason Foundation, or to donate, visit:

www.esiason.org

To find out more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or to donate, visit:

www.cff.org

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