Single Resource for CF Treatment and Research Center made possible from a grant by the Boomer Esiason Foundation
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morristown Medical Center last night dedicated the Gunnar H. Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Center, made possible from a grant by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The Gunnar H. Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Center, located at 435 South Street in Morristown, will be a state-of-the art treatment facility for adults with cystic fibrosis and innovative clinical research and trials.
“When my son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis over 20 years ago, I didn’t know much about the disease or the many challenges my family would face finding the best medical treatment or educational resources,” said Boomer Esiason, Co-Chairman Boomer Esiason Foundation. “He was sick—imagine having bronchitis, all day, every day—and as a parent, all I wanted to do was help him. We supported The Gunnar H. Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Center so families and people dealing with an already-complicated disease had easier access to top medical care and the latest research in one location.”
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system, and can significantly shorten a patient’s lifespan. Many cystic fibrosis patients and families can face complicated issues related to getting the care they need, including problems with insurance, expensive, long-lasting treatments, and periods of time away from work or school. The Gunnar H. Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Center, led by nationally-recognized CF researcher Stanley B. Fiel, MD, will work with a number of medical specialists, including a CF clinician and researcher, medication specialists, a psychiatrist, psychologist, respiratory therapist and nurses—to customize patient treatment plans in an effort to minimize these issues.
The center will also offer clinical trials, which provide eligible patients with the latest medications available at no cost to them.
“Because of innovative clinical centers like The Gunnar H. Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Center, the past few decades have brought an extraordinary amount of understanding to the disease, and increased the number of treatment options available,” said Stanley B. Fiel, MD, Regional Chair, Department of Medicine, Atlantic Health System, and Director of the Gunnar H. Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Center. “The survival rate continues to climb, and we hope through research and collaboration to one day find a cure for this chronic disease.”
About Cystic Fibrosis
According to BEF, cystic fibrosis is a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. The mucus also obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
About the Boomer Esiason Foundation
Founded in 1993 by Boomer Esiason and his wife, Cheryl, after their son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, the Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) works to ensure that people living with CF and their loved ones are encouraged, empowered and educated to take an active role in treating the disease. BEF aids the CF community through fundraising, programs, scholarships, transplant grants and educational resources. The passionate work of a committed core of volunteers alongside leaders in the medical and business communities allows BEF to raise awareness, money and quality of life for those affected by this deadly disease. For more information, visit to www.esiason.org.