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Lasell Graduate Student has Memorable Super Bowl with Scholarship Win

February 10, 2016

New England football fans were disappointed that their Patriots didn't play in the Super Bowl this year, but local Lasell College graduate management student Lauren Bombardier, 25, will have fond memories of the game anyway. During the game Bombardier scored big when it was announced that she had won a $10,000 scholarship.

During Super Bowl halftime, Boomer Esiason, former NFL quarterback and current commentator for CBS Sports, announced over the PA system that Bombardier was one of 10 recipients to receive the Sack for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) scholarship from Boomer Esiason Foundation.

Cystic Fibrosis is a disease caused by a defective gene that causes thick mucus to clog the lungs and leads to life-threatening infections. The mucus also targets the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down food and absorb vital nutrients. Bombardier, along with Esiason's son, Gunner, is one of 30,000 people in the United States to have been diagnosed with the disease.

Esiason created the Boomer Esiason Foundation when his son was diagnosed at an early age.

"I have been aware of the Boomer Esiason Foundation for quite some time now, as Boomer's son, Gunner, has cystic fibrosis and is around the same age I am. They provide scholarships to students with CF and a social worker at my clinic encouraged me to apply," said Bombardier.

In Bombardier's essay she stated how she goes beyond her treatments and exercises in order to stay healthy and she encourages others with CF to do the same.

She added that with this scholarship she is able to finish her Management graduate degree in a shorter period of time.
"I can graduate sooner, not to mention I have a lot less to worry about [financially]," said Bombardier.

-Jillian Moreira