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To my friends, family, and even strangers reading this, I am writing to you from one of my least favorite places to be long-term – a hospital bed at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City. As other cystic fibrosis patients know, being stuck in the hospital is frustrating and, at times, incredibly lonely and isolating. But even at low points, I have hope and the internal strength to keep fighting. Unfortunately, my body doesn’t always get the message. Right now, my liver and kidneys are failing, so I am actively listed for transplant – again. It feels like yesterday when I was listed for my double lung transplant, but in all actuality, it has been nine years; nine years of gifted joy and achievement and loving the life I live.
From the bottom of my heart, I ask for your help. Your thoughts, messages, and, if you’re able, your financial support to help offset some of my medically-related costs as I await transplant.
I can promise you that I will continue to fight, and I can’t wait until I’m back volunteering at the Boomer Esiason Foundation, fighting for other people like me, and until I can get back on my bike to keep myself as healthy as possible.
Gerard has chosen to fundraise with Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live provides both tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability to his contributors. Contributors can be sure that funds contributed will be used only to pay or reimburse medically related expenses.
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Thank you for your support!
Hello, my name is Joanna McCray from Columbia SC. I have been involved with help hope live for many years now. Now I\'m an Ambassador. I had a Kidney Transplant in June of 2018 and by God\'s Grace, I\'m doing well. God will give you more strength to keep on fighting and to keep your Faith. His Timing is Perfect. I will pray for your Healing! Be Blessed and Welcome!
Keep pedaling Jerry!
Sending our love, always.
Prayers from the McGlinn family
This donation is in loving memory of John (Chucky) Dunne who battled CF all of his life on his one year anniversary.
Jerry Cahill is an inspiration to all, wishing him a fast recovery! #TEAMBOOMER
Thank you for sharing your inspiring journey. I want to see you back on the bike in good time. If I think through it, seeing you and Emily Schaller do your Bike to Breathe events was one of the inspirational points in me beginning to ride more seriously a few years ago. Today it has become an intensely important part of my life - that\'s a gift.
To your good health and spirit!
Love ya Jerry. You’re an inspiration to many. I’m glad to know you.
You’re a ROCKSTAR, Jerry!
Prayers for continued healing!
I love you my dear college friend, and am inspired daily, not only by your spirit and strength, but by what you have done for thousands of children and people living and surviving with this disease. My youngest sister's best friend, Jane Lewis lost her fight at age 11, and my neighbors when I was a child, lost two siblings ages 14 and 15. Children back in the 1960's lived in oxygen tents, and took bottles of pills. Parents fought for their children's lives, but their quality of life was always compromised, as poor little Jane could never experience of a girl's sleepover party! That night....one late night, while we were talking during our sophomore year in college, you told me that you would probably not live to see your 30th birthday. I cried because I already knew too much. But you fought against those odds. You continued that fight, and by example, that fight has inspired thousands of people around the world. I'm so amazingly proud to have known you, especially when we were kids, still dreaming of what our futures would be. You ALWAYS smiled, hiding your cough, whether you were working with children, or soaring over that 16' bar in the air! Soar high my friend! Keep living and breathing. We need you! You can not fail! xoxo Nancy
Nancy De Paolantonio
God Bless you Jerry. Wishing you a speedy recovery. You are an inspiration. Much love, Maria Vicari-Tralongo
You are truly an inspiration, Jerry. Praying for a full recovery — your body, your spirit, and your wallet. We’re all behind you!
I am a mum in Australia of a 14 year old CF Warrior
You have been an inspiration to me when I have my down days
Here’s to looking up and u jumping back on your bike literally
Keep doing what you are doing
F@#k CF! You inspire more than you know.
Hello Coach! Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this crucial time of yours. We hope you will be feeling better soon! Sending all our positive and healing thoughts to you and wish you a speedy and full recovery. May God Bless You!
The Negrete Family
Best of luck in your recovery, Jerry! YCF!
My hero. You will conquer this like everything else. Gail
Thoughts and prayers are with you for speedy recovery!
Loved seeing the picture of you with the PV State Champ!
Wishing you a speedy recovery Jerry!
Get well soon!
You can not fail Jerry!
No retreat, no surrender.!
Hang in there!
Go Jerry, go!
Boom! Go Jerry! You inspire us all. So much love!!!
We love Jerry and his liver and kidney too!
Diane & Artie Berkey
Thank you for all you have done for the CF community, Jerry. Wishing you a smooth and swift recovery.
Prayers for fast healing! Stay strong!
The toughest mf I know! Unconditional my friend!
Stay strong Coach - you got this!!
The Bomba Family
You are amazing, Jerry. Sending a big hug from Cellary. ♥️
Catherine & Brendan O’Rourke
Always rooting for you Jerry! Keep inspiring us to overcome
You are amazing!
You got this Jerry!! Like you have so many time’s before
Here for you Jerry, as you’ve been for me! Love you! Lissy xoxo
Sending love ❤️ and prayers. You got this!
Gina & Al Marcello (Dukes)
Thought and prayers are with you Gerry.
Keep up the good fight Big Air!!
It is amazing to give the gift of life! Xoxo
Get well soon Coach Cahill!
Hope to see you by the vault in December!
As a fellow Iona Prep employee, I continued to be inspired by your story of struggle and strength, pain and perseverance. You could have done so many things with your life, yet you've chosen to educate and inspire others. May this surgery be yet another bar you clear...Godspeed!
Thoughts and prayers from all us of the CHSAA Track & Field League!
Get well soon
Love and prayers from Pete Keen and family.
You have our prayers and support for a complete recovery!
The Carruthers Family, Iona Prep 2015
Get well soon Coach Cahill
You are in our prayers Coach!
Get well soon!
Sending prayers -
Brendan Doran (Iona Prep 2020)
Prayers for a complete recovery!
Never Stop Fighting!! You are in my prayers!
Keep up the good fight Jerry!
Prayers for a speedy recovery. Your inspiration is essential and we are there for you.
You cannot fail.
You Cannot Fail!
Heather Wood Gaccione
Wishing you all the best. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jerry - sending you prayers of strength and healing! Much love, my friend!
YOU'RE AN INSPIRATION TO MANY. LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR BOOMING RECOVERY.
Jerry you have inspired more people than you know, across the nation and globe. You cannot fail. We will not fail you. Sending love and hope.
Siri Vaeth (CFRI)
God bless the skilled hands of the surgeons caring for you and the entire medical and nursing teams in your recovery, Jerry!!
Jerry, you are an inspiration! You will do great!
Jerry and I were both born with CF in 1955. We have both received double lungs from angel donors. We met only once, over lunch at a NYC diner. Memorable and wonderful! We told CF war stories of survival and miracles, of the "old" days and new medicine. I admire him so much. He is a hero to many, a leader in CF advocacy, a coach, and a lover of life. I believe that he will continue to astound us all once again! A deep bow breathing in breathing out. Long may you live dear Jerry Cahill!
Praying for you!
Coach Cahill is one of the strongest people that I know! You are are in my family’s thoughts and prayers as always. Keep on fighting!
- Lily Flynn
You got this coach!! Stay Strong
Sending prayers and positive thoughts.
The Hevaghan Family
Jerry is one of the biggest inspirations for our families fight over the last 20 years. He is a fighter, a warrior against this CF bully. All prayers, positive thoughts and vibes for Jerry at this time
The Iona Prep Crew Team is pulling for you! You are an inspiration to the entire community.
Sending prayers and love at this time.
We send our best wishes, thoughts and hopes for successful transplants. You have been an inspiration to all. Your courage, strength and perseverance are admirable. What an amazing fighter you are and have been throughout your life. We send you our love.
Mary Carroll, Tom, Sarah, Tom and Sarah
Jerry - You cannot fail!
In honor of and thanks for all you have given Iona Prep athletes.
YOU CANNOT FAIL!!
Rooting for you and your journey. Great to see how many student athletes and others you have inspired.
Your strength, determination and positivity inspires us everyday here at TBio. Thank you for all that you do for the CF community. Sending our thoughts and support! #YouCannotFail
-Translate Bio Team
You've done so much for so many. Praying for you coach!
Get well soon Coach Jerry
Fordham Pole Vaulters
Jerry - you are in our thoughts and prayers - wishing you all the best -
Tara Boyan and Stephen Gallagher
Sending good thoughts and prayers Jerry! You got this!
I’m sorry you are going through this again. You helped me in the past when I needed it most in dealing with my own CF. Your fight has given me the hope I have needed to pull through my own struggles. Hang in there.
God bless you and heal you Coach !
Hi Jerry , we know you will fight as you have in the past, you got this! We contributed through our family foundation by sending a check. Thanks for all you have done for our grandson Michael . Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Dominic & Debbie Caruso
Dominic & Debbie Caruso
You got this!
So thankful for all you do for the CF community which includes my daughter. You’re in my prayers.
Jerry, My thoughts are with you. Be strong. Best, Bill Chirico ('74)
Thinking of you and sending good vibes!!
Once upon a time we were just kids in high school on the track and field team. Our coach, Frank McCartney, set the achievement bar quite high for us. The class of 1974 showed what could be accomplished when, as underdogs, Xaverian was NUMBER ONE in the City of New York winning the Outdoor Track and Field City Championship. Never forget we all all winners despite the hard knocks life has thrown at all of us. Some hit harder than others but we are still in the game. Hoping all the best for you. I survived Acute Myeloid Leukemia and all of us are hoping the same for you. Your 50 year XHS class reunion will be here before you know it. Make sure you are there. Don't make Coach McCartney come looking for you!
Jack La Torre
Peace and love, Jerry
Sending the warmest thoughts and prayers for strength and courage during these trying times. I'm looking forward to seeing you back on your feet with the best of health!
Wishing you the best Jerry! You are such a force and you cannot fail! Sending all my love and support.
Wishing and praying for the best.
We love you Jerry! You Cannot Fail!
Sending love and prayers to you Jerry. You are a fierce warrior and do so much every day for the CF community. We love you.
Katy & Joey Monte
Good luck Jerry. Stay tough. Our prayers are with you. Coach
Stay strong, Jerry!
Jerry you are a Warrior! God will hear our prayers YOU CAN NOT FAIL! you are one of the strongest people I know. you hang tough.
Love ya buddy
We are all behind you Gerard, as well as legions of guardian angels. Miracles happen every day, as will also yours manifest. God Bless.
Thinking of you brother, sending strength, hope, love and lots of prayers your way! You know what it takes to beat the odds and trust you will continue to persevere!
You got this Jerry! Toughest guy in Brooklyn!
good luck jerry, bruce
Go get 'em Jerry... anyone who will run down a narrow lane with a pole in their hands and launch themselves over a bar is one brave SOB. Sending our prayers...
Best Wishes Jerry!!! Your brothers from you class at Xaverian High School are pulling for you!!!
Salvatore J. Russo
Love and prayers out to Jerry!
Pugliese family sending our love and prayers! ♥️♥️
My prayers are with you as you go through this journey an always. Thank you for all you do in the cystic fibrosis community. Much love jerry
Keep on fighting. Your organs are coming. Praying for you...
Sending love and prayers from the Tarletsky Family.
Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you!
Rebecca Runyon Bryan
Rebecca Runyon Bryan
Jerry my prayers and best wishes are with you. Keep fighting AND REPEAT “YOU CANNOT FAIL”.
Jerry we know how tough CF is. Please keep fighting.
Go for it, Jerry. We have your back.
Please stay strong Jerry! You are an inspiration for all of us!! You can not fail!!
You did it before and you can do it again!
You can not fail!
all our love,
Doreen & Ed
Hoping that you feel all of the support that you have been giving to so many others coming back to you. Stay strong
You are an inspiration Jerry! Keep your head up. We are all in this together!
Keep fighting, Jerry. Lisa and I will keep you in our prayers. We miss you.
❤️ We love you Jerry!!! ❤️ You are truly the hero of all our stories!!!
Wishing you all the best!
All the best Gerry. Hang in there!
Keep Fighting Jerry!! The pole vault community loves you. Jump the Fear !!
Praying for you
We love you, Jerry!! Keep fighting!!
You’ve got this!!
Stay strong and positive Jerry! God bless.
You have always been an inspiration. You will get through this, just like you have gotten through every obstacle thrown at you throughout your entire life. #YouCannotFail
Many blessings and prayers to a great Coach and a strong human being-
Marty Brown and all your fans at Kellenberg track
Martin J Brown
Many blessings on a man who has been such a powerful force in the lives of so many young people.
4theneed Lord Jesus 4 JerryCora
You are such an inspiration Jerry! I hope your recovery goes smoothly and we find some great body parts for you!
Jerry you are a great inspiration not only to those in the CF community but to all of us.
Sending you love and hugs…
Jerry— you are an inspiration — God Bless
Jerry, stay strong, stay positive, if anyone can get through this it's you. Look forward to a time when we can get lunch again! Best wishes Nick (cfvs.everest)
You cannot fail! Just 13 letters! Say it with me! Couldn’t hit donate fast enough. You got this Jerry!
You came to speak at our CF Center in Syracuse a few years back where I work and I was so moved by your story. I have worn one of your “You Cannot Fail” bracelets ever since. You are such an inspiration to me and to so many! Prayers your transplants come soon
No question about it......you are an inspiration to us! You've got this!!
My sisters and I talk often about how my mom was not someone who freely doled out praise and compliments; you had to earn her respect. In the 36 years I was fortunate to share with her, there was only one person outside our immediate family who she would burst with pride when discussing, and it was you. Your grit, tenacity and advocacy are an inspiration to everyone who knows you. Sending healing thoughts and love to you and your family.
Janine Kenna Dozier
Stay Strong. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
You got this Jerry!!!
A true hero who reminds us to keep hope in our hearts!
In the words of my beloved sister Bea, "You've got this!" Jerry!!!
From Iowa, with love!
Hope you get better soon.
Prayers from the Canup family!!
Matt and Meghan Canup
YOU GOT THIS ~ sending strength and prayers from Team Tess in Syracuse!!
Stay strong Coach Cahill!!!! <3
All the best from Ireland.
You are the hero of your own story, and also our hero. We love you!
Coach Jerry Cahill we are praying for you. We hate to see you going through this. You are the most inspirational person we know.
The Crispi Family
The Flynn Family is praying for you, Coach Cahill!
Keep fighting coach!
Thinking of Jerry! You’ve got this. Much love
Thinking of and praying for you!
Sending our love and support for your positive outcome and well being
Love you Jerry!!!
Jerry, your a hero to many of us, and our families. An inspiration. Keep the fight. We’re here for you!
Get well soon coach!
Sending all my love and strength Jerry!
#justbreathe #fucf #cfwarrior
Keeping fighting, Jerry! You’re the strongest person I know!
You are an inspiration to all of the lives you touch. Pulling for you Jerry, you cannot fail!
Praying for you jerry “you cannot fail “
Your the man coach Cahill. Sorry to see you gong through this. We support you. Your in my prayers.
Jerry you are part of our family. We have been through so much together. Keep fighting we are with you. Love, Kathy, Alex and Jen.
We send our healing thoughts to you Jerry!
The Pulkovski Family
Thinking about you and wishing you a speedy recovery
Keeping fighting Coach
Praying for you Jerry!
Keep fighting, God is with you always.
From Jeremy Duncan (a.k.a. Jere-bear) who has met Jerry when he was eight years old. Jeremy now 12, has all of his books and loves them. Jerry has inspired Jeremy that He Can't Fail. Team Jeremy and all of us wish the very best to Jerry in all he has accomplished. Get well Jerry!!!!
Team Jeremy Duncan
Sending love to you, Jerry.
Joan Marie Seergy
Jerry has always been an amazing inspiration to many.
Sending love and strength to you my old friend. My favorite memory of you is the night you, Marty and I rode the Cyclone 2X in a row in Coney Island after that big italian dinner in Brooklyn! Keeping fighting and flying high Jerry!
My thoughts, hopes and wishes for the best of luck and continued strength are with you, dear Jerry. You've been such an inspiration! I myself am a 59 year old CF patient (no transplant yet), and I'm still hanging in there. :-) I love what you've done with your life and for the community! God bless you! - Máire
Prayers n Thoughts
Jerry, you are a rock star - you got this!! Our team is thinking of you. #YCF
We need you back on the pole vault runway and in the coaches box
You are a true inspiration and one of the strongest individuals I know. Keep on fighting!
SENDING PRAYERS AND POSITIVE VIBES YOUR WAY!
I am praying for you.
Mary Jane Sabatini
Mary Jane Sabatini
Sending prayers and positive thoughts for a successful transplant. Iona Prep family
You are an inspiration to us all. YOU CANNOT FAIL!
We pray for a donor and for you to get back on your bike soon.
Love from all the Fays
CF patients supporting each other—good luck!
Friend of Iona Prep /Ursuline.
Karen and John Fogarty
Please help Jerry as best you can so he can continue his life of service to those with CF and to all of the athletes he coaches!
When you can’t breath or detox nothing else matters.
Jerry, I hope that you will stay comfortable and faithful as you go through this process. I've been a big fan of yours for year's and it ain't us to see you in this situation again.
❤️ friend of Keane Family
Stay strong, Jerry!!
sending you love and support, Jerry
We are all pulling for you, Jerry!
Lifting you up in our prayers
Mary and Rob Scarella
Love you Big Air
Sending hope and prayers across the miles.
Positive thinking, positive attitude, positive results <3
Carol and Mike Trinker
You've done so much for others, Jerry. You deserve all the support in the world.
We are thinking of you Jerry!! You are a fighter and an inspiration to us! We are all pulling for you!
Aidan Neville and Family
Praying for you my friend. Praying that a match can be found for not only your liver but also for your kidney as well.
You are an inspiration to so many including Emily, Emily’s Entourage and the entire KG family. Sending you all of our positive energy and healing vibes. You have a lot of love surrounding you.
Love the KG family
If anyone can fight this, it’s you. Sending you so much love and strength Jerry! ❤️
Jerry, you are a tremendous inspiration to me and JT, as you were to Lyn. One day at a time, my friend... #YouCannotFail
You cannot fail!! Praying for you!
You have been an inspiration to so many in the CF community! Wishing you a successful transplant and renewed health and longevity!
Laura Riccio (Boston, MA)
You will never know how much of impact you have had on my son and myself. You truly are inspiring person and took the time to talk to my son with cystic fibrosis as well as sent stuff out to him.
I can never thank you enough, and will say prayers for your strength and for a successful transplant.
You were always one of our mom’s favorite relatives. I know she is looking down praying for you to beat this obstacle too. If anyone can do it, you can! Sending healing thoughts and prayers to you. Love, Jordan Kenna
Sending wishes your way as I echoing your amazing words: "I have hope and the internal strength to keep fighting." Champion on Jerry!
What a terrific inspiration this man has been for our nephew, Gregory Gallagher, and so many other young people and athletes. God speed Gerry.
We are sending you healing vibes and keeping you in our prayers Jerry. You are an inspiration to us all. You Cannot Fail.
Jerry got you in my prayers. Love you.
We’re with you coach!
Prayers and blessings, Jerry!
Always in my thoughts and prayers ❤️
We have never met but we hope that you will get better soon! Lots of good vibes and prayers being sent your way!
Coach Cahill - you're a real-life super hero! Keeping you in thoughts and prayers
Keeping you in our prayers!
Donna & Jimmy
We are honored to help and appreciate all that you do for the Cystic Fibrosis Community. With love from Chloe Swientek and Family.
Sending our thoughts and prayers.
Supporting on behalf of Emily’s Entourage
Sending love and support all the way..
You’re an inspiration to everyone Jerry and I’m so privileged to know you. YOU CANNOT FAIL
Thanks for all you do Gerry! Best wishes to you!
Jane and Bill Napolitano
So sorry to hear this news. Sending strength and keeping you in my thoughts, Jerry!
We love you, Coach. You’re a MegaBall and I’ll be thinking of you. You’re an inspiration, always!
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being such a positive inspiration in my life, because of you I have hope and I know I cannot fail. Keep fighting.
Jerry,thank you for being such an inspiration as our grandson Sean Powers lives his life with CF. Our prayers and love, Jim and Pat Powers
Pat & Jim Powers
You are hero to all of us Jerry! Thank You for dedicating your life to improving the quality of care for people with Cystic Fibrosis. Stay strong!!! You cannot fail!!! Love you!!! Praying you get a liver and kidney soon.
Jerry so hard to believe that you just finished your huge bike trip and now have to be in the hospital. That STINKS!!! I love your attitude and positive spirit. Thanks for sharing all of your life with us. Happy to donate! You Cannot Fail!
Our prayers are with you xox
Hang in there Jerry! We will be praying for you.
I hope all goes well with you. You are an inspiration.
You got it coach!
You are still one of my heroes!
You got this, Jerry!!
You have always overcome every obstacle, Jerry, and you will this time too!
Sending you all the love and strength to get through this!
You Cannot Fail! Love you Jerry
We love you Jerry. Mom was always so proud of you and talked of you often.
You are such an inspiration to so many! Fight on!
Jerry, we love and support you. You inspire everyone with CF and those of us working at the CF Foundation. Stay strong you amazing human.
Dawn,CT chapter, CF Foundation
Dawn Doraz Harris
The Giaffoglione family is lifting you up and cheering you on, Jerry!
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am Richie Keane\'s older sister and I know how much he went through. You have spoken at fundraiser for the Richard T Keane Foundation and we so much appreciated that. I truly hope that you get all the help you need.
Mary Lou Keane and Richie\'s Mom, Nancy Keane
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carl and Miriam Huff
Sending you a huge hug and praying that your donor will come ASAP. We are all rooting for you!!!♻️☘️
Our prayers are with you!
Ann Marie Raiano
You've been an inspiration since CF entered my life when my son was born 13 years ago. I wish you improved health and I know you won't stop fighting!
Sending hugs and prayers your way! You have been an inspiration to all of us and a huge sign of hope for all fighting CF. We are all behind you! <3
Rooting for you and sending all the best vibes and prayers, Jerry!
For my inspiration. My friend. Love you. Fight on!!
Jerry has no quit. I'll help however I can. I love you man.
Jerry, you inspire us every day! Love, the Bonanno family.
For the past 12 years you have been an inspiration to our family. Our sweet V was born in 2010 & because of your strength you provided HOPE to us. Hope is the most important thing we can carry. Our family is sending all our love
Hoping you get matched to donors soon and have a speedy recovery!
The epitome of strength, courage and resilience — You’ve got this, Jerry, and we are behind you every step of the way!
with you Jerry
You got this Jer Bear! Keeping you in my prayers.
We love you Jerry! CF & TX Strong!
Praying all goes well!
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