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The Men Behind The Lung Transplant Project

 NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — This week’s 50 People to Know, focuses on two people who are part of a larger cause – something called the Lung Transplant Project.

Meet 61-year-old Jerry Cahill who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 10.

Despite his CF, he’s enjoyed a very athletic life, running track in high school, and pole vaulting in college.

Now, meet Cahill’s partner in the project, Victor Fink who was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.

Two men handling two different diseases. Both men saved by lung transplants.

“It’s a miracle. It’s fantastic they can do this, and I’m thrilled to have somebody else’s left lung breathing in my body,” Fink says.

Lung transplants mean new life for people suffering from CF, PF, COPD and other lung diseases.

Cahill had both lungs transplanted in 2012.

“There’s a lot of obstacles in life and bumps along the way, but you’ve just got to keep moving forward,” he says.

Now, both men are involved in the Lung Transplant Project, working with Columbia University Medical Center and other partners to raise money for research and raise awareness about the gift of life that donations bring.

“It’s really about education, and we need to educate a lot more people,” says Cahill.

By the way, Cahill, with his new lungs, is out on a 500 mile bike trip through Canada this week as part of a program called Bike to Breathe that’s part of the Boomer Esiason Foundation.

WCBS 880 – October 9, 2017 12:01 AM