To Whom it May Concern:
My husband and I recently received a marketing
call from Great Southern Water about a water treatment system.
During the phone call we were made aware that if we allowed
someone to come to our house to check the water a donation
would be made to the Boomer Esiason Foundation for Cystic
Fibrosis. We immediately said that yes they could come out
and test our water because of the donation to the the Boomer
Esiason Foundation. My husband had recently raised money for
the Boomer Esiason Foundation since the birth of our son,
Benjamin. Ben was born April 4, 2008 and was diagnosed with
cystic fibrosis a week and a half later. Since his birth we
were made aware of all the great fundraising the Boomer Esiason
Foundation does to help people with CF.
At my sons first doctors appointment he was failure to thrive;
and diagnosed with CF after his pediatrician made a call to
the state to put a rush on the newborn screening results because
she was concerned that he was eating nonstop, going through
a pack of diapers a day and losing weight. He was not a happy
baby. Two days later we took Ben to Nemours Children's Hospital
and since then he has been taking enzymes to help digest his
food. Ben takes about 18 pills a day to help absorb his food.
He also has to take CF source vitamins, prevacid, and a probiotic
to help with his GI problems. He recently turned a year old
and now everyone who sees him says that he seems like the
happiest baby they have ever seen. He goes to the CF clinic
at Nemours every 8 weeks and we are so thankful he has only
had to be on antibiotics once for a bacteria. He also does
daily chest therapy.
When Great Southern came out to our house the system they offered
sounded wonderful; especially in Florida where the water can
be questionable. We did however have to turn the offer down
due to the fact that we are on such a tight budget right now.
I currently am not working because the CF clinic said it was
the best for Benjamin to not be around a lot of germs for
the first three years of his life to help avoid catching dangerous
The next day we received a phone call from the president of
Great Southern, Al Moses, who stated that he had heard that our
son had CF and he wanted to help our family. He donated a
water treatment system to us and gave us the bonus gift of
Pure and Gentle cleaners and detergent that were chemical
free. My husband and I were in shock of the kind gesture.
Not only is it nice to know that we don't have chlorine water
coming out of our faucet any longer; I can now clean my house
with products that I know are safer for my children to be
around. We really appreciate the kindness of Great Southern
and are so excited that companies like Great Southern are trying
to get involved with cystic fibrosis awareness.
Great Southern has made our water healthier to drink but on a deeper
level they are making a difference in my son's life. Cystic
fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes
mucus to build up and clog some of the organs in the body,
particularly the lungs and pancreas. There is no cure. With
research people are living longer, healthier lives. Companies
like Great Southern that promote awareness and make donations
to charities like the Boomer Esiason Foundation help children
like my son live longer. My family and I are grateful for
companies like Great Southern that choose to get involved and make