As many of you know, over the past decade I have taken up long-distance running and racing as a hobby. After each race I run, I always say it will be my last... until a few months go by and like clock-work, I get the itch to do it all over again.
For me, running has always been about pushing myself to the limit while getting a chance to be a part of a fantastic community. Through the years, I have made friends and forged relationships from this crazy hobby, but now I have decided to take this next challenge as an opportunity to give back to a sport that has given me so much. This October, I am excited and to have the opportunity to run the 2019 Chicago Marathon with Team Boomer and the Boomer Esiason Foundation.
In 1993, former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason and wife, Cheryl, learned that their son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) - an incurable genetic disease that attacks the lungs and often leads to respiratory failure. Never ones to back down from a fight, they founded the Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) and decided right then and there to fight for the CF community and for a cure.
Running for Team Boomer will allow me to raise money and awareness for a program that encourages people with cystic fibrosis to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives, provides an avenue for individual athletes in a variety of sports to raise money for cystic fibrosis, and offers assistance to grassroots athletic events looking for a cause to support.
Ever since attending Boston College where I first found out about Team Boomer (Gunnar Esiason graduated from Boston College in 2013), I have always wanted to get involved in the foundation, and I am very excited to finally train and raise money for Team Boomer and the Boomer Esiason Foundation. I look forward to this journey for the next few months, both in my training and support for Team Boomer. With your help, I hope to raise as much funds and awareness as we can to help improve the lives of those living with Cystic Fibrosis, as well as getting one step closer to finding a cure.
If you have any questions about Team Boomer, please feel free to reach out to me.
Thank you all so much for your continued support—I look forward to updating everyone along the way!