When he was 10 years old, doctors diagnosed Jerry Cahill with cystic fibrosis, a chronic disease that afflicts the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. At that time, he was told he may not live into adulthood.
Now in his 60s, and almost seven years post-double lung transplant, Cahill runs marathons, cycles, coaches high school pole vaulting and more.
On March 27, Cahill shared his story with a crowd of people at Chelsea Piers Fitness in New York, where UnitedHealthcare hosted an indoor cycling event to raise awareness and funds for those living with cystic fibrosis. In his speech, Cahill emphasized how fitness played a huge part of his life.
“Exercise is the most important thing in my life that’s kept me healthy and way beyond the life expectancy of early 40s,” Cahill said. “I think the single most important thing for everybody, whether you have an ailment or you’re healthy, is keeping the body moving.”
The event served as UnitedHealthcare’s unofficial kick off to Move More Month and Wellness Week, a time dedicated to encouraging people to get up and get active. Michael McGuire, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New York and Boomer Esiason, former NFL quarterback, current co-host of the “Boomer and Gio in the Morning” radio show and founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation gave remarks to start the event. Boomer’s foundation works tirelessly to raise funds to support cystic fibrosis research and the development of a cure, along with devoting resources to programs for the cystic fibrosis community.
After the program, the group participated in an action-packed breakaway cycle session. All proceeds from the day’s event, including a $5,000 donation from UnitedHealthcare, went directly to the Boomer Esiason Foundation.