Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Cystic Fibrosis Benefit

Saturday night, I got the privilege to attend a dinner that is put on every year to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. It is always beautiful and fancy, and this time was no exception. The evening opened up with hors d'oeurves and a silent auction. The amount of items up for auction was amazing, and they ranged from kids toys to hammocks. Boomer Esiason and Jerry Cahill were the guest speakers. Many of you know who Boomer is, but for those of you who don't, he is an ex-football player. He was a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, the New York Jets, and the Arizona Cardinals. His son, Gunnar was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis the same year I was diagnosed. Jerry Cahill is a 54 year old Cystic Fibrosis patient. He has not had a lung transplant yet, and he is a runner...very impressive and inspirational. Unfortunately, Jerry was not able to speak, because he wasn't feeling well. Boomer was a fantastic speaker, and he told a couple of stories about his son and how they deal with CF. I also got to meet Boomer, and he signed the Sports Illustrated article about him and his son that I had.
He's also really tall! ha! He got the name Boomer because he is big and loud! :)

This is a picture of the man who was my Cystic Fibrosis doctor from the time that I was 6 years old until 21 years old, Dr. Rogers.
 Overall, it was a great night, and they raised a lot of money. After all of the talking was over, they had a live auction. The first dance with Boomer went for $1700!!! That is great, and obviously, I was not the one who got that... I'm way too broke! It was a blessing to see people giving so generously and to hear how CF has affected other people.

1 comment:

  1. Sheesh, I love you. I'm so glad the night was a success. You looked GORGEOUS!