Shaun O’Hara, former NY Giant great, sat down with Joanna Gagis on “Life & Living” to discuss the Shaun O’Hara Foundation, which was set up to help fight cystic fibrosis and other life-threatening diseases.
O’Hara started the foundation in 2009 along with his wife Amy. He states that the foundation wants to “help increase knowledge and education in life-threatening diseases that affect children.” They hoped that after helping to cure cystic fibrosis, their main benefactor, they could then move to another epidemic.
“I got to know a young man named Sean Squires when I was playing,” O’Hara states. He recalls meeting Squires and knowing him for a year before knowing about his battle with cystic fibrosis. This inspired him to learn about the disease and to begin fighting for a cure.
Cystic fibrosis is an orphan disease, meaning it impacts less than 200,000 individuals in our country. “Yet, the orphan disease label comes from the fact that it gets zero federal funding. Our government doesn’t give any money towards research and towards finding a cure.”
He goes on to say, “My wife and I said, this is something we can get behind. Let’s use my name and our contacts to try to make CF stand for Cure Found.”
To learn more about the Shaun O’Hara Foundation, head over to their website.