WVU pharmacy students help raise money for cystic fibrosis

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For Jenna Merandi, a third-year pharmacy student at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, raising awareness about cystic fibrosis is personal. Merandi is a long-time friend of Natalie Wainwright, events manager of the Boomer Esiason Foundation.

“As a pharmacy student, I know that my profession is important in helping those who have cystic fibrosis, through either researching and creating medications or counseling them in their treatment. But I think it’s also very important to raise awareness about the disease and help raise funds to find a cure,” Merandi said.

Third-year pharmacy students Lindsay Zatezalo, Lori Hill, Jenna Merandi and Mareesa Cunnigham at the 16th Annual Booming Celebration.

With donations from students, faculty and staff of the WVU School of Pharmacy, Merandi helped raise $1,700 for the foundation. She and several fellow students attended the 16th Annual Booming Celebration, a fundraising event in New York, where they met Gunnar Esiason, son of NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason. Esiason created the foundation after his son’s diagnosis.

“For me, helping raise funds for the event was truly an eye-opening experience,“ Merandi said. “When you start talking with people about cystic fibrosis, you find out that they may have a family member who has the disease or knows someone who does. As a future healthcare professional, I feel it is extremely important to get involved and be active in organizations such as this one.  I want to get the word out to students in the WVU Health Sciences Center, WVU main campus and the city of Morgantown about the Boomer Esiason Foundation.”

For information on the foundation see www.esiason.org.

For information on the WVU School of Pharmacy see www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/.




For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy 304-293-7192
ac: 04-23-09

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