"I try to reassure everyone who has been affected by this disease that CF isn't the end of the world if you don't want it to be."
The experience of living with cystic fibrosis is markedly different today than it was decades ago. Thanks to the discovery of the CF gene, the availability of effective drug therapies and advances in technology, the 30,000 Americans who deal with the disease day in and day out are living longer and fuller lives. In a word, they are thriving.

There is a multitude of organizations working to support the cystic fibrosis community, as well as a variety of tools and information available to help people with CF not just live, but thrive.

Jerry Cahill You Cannot Fail Scholarship

Boomer Esiason Foundation Volunteer Jerry Cahill created the You Cannot Fail program to challenge people to discover their own heroism, embrace the ups and downs of their life’s journey, make a difference by sharing that journey with others, and celebrate the stories that make them unique.

As a component of that program, BEF established the Jerry Cahill You Cannot Fail scholarship in 2012 to honor exceptional student-athletes with cystic fibrosis who, like Jerry, don’t let the disease get in their way of living lives filled with purpose, passion, optimism and courage. These energetic young adults also understand that exercise is the key to living, breathing and succeeding with CF, so they have embraced physical activity as part of their everyday routine.

The Jerry Cahill You Cannot Fail scholarship will be awarded annually – beginning in 2013 – to one male and one female student. Grants are made directly to an academic institution to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees.  The April 18 application deadline marks the anniversary of Jerry’s double-lung transplant.

Amount:  $5,000

Deadline: April 18, 2014

Requirements:
Applicants must have cystic fibrosis and must already have completed at least one semester of undergraduate coursework. Applicants must demonstrate that they go “above and beyond” in everything they do, displaying outstanding character, leadership and service to the community. They also must be compliant to their CF therapies and engage in regular exercise as part of their effort to stay healthy. Finally, applicants must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

Applicants are required to provide all of the following documents in order to be considered:

  • Application
  • Essay (1. Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; 2.Discuss your post-graduation goals.)
  • Recent photo
  • Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine
  • Most recent W2 form for both parents
  • Transcript (college and/or graduate school)
  • Detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution

Return completed applications to:

Boomer Esiason Foundation
c/o Chris McEwan
483 10th Avenue, Suite 300
New York, NY 10018

Email questions to: cmcewan@esiason.org

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