Bernie Williams is a baseball legend, most famous for being an outfielder for the New York Yankees. Since retiring from the sport in 2006, Williams has been busy recording jazz albums and was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2009. However, he has also been devoting his time to another matter close to his heart: becoming an advocate for pulmonary fibrosis (PF).
Williams’ father, Bernebé Williams Sr., died from complications of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in 2001. In March, Williams announced that he would be joining the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim as part of their Breathless Campaign, which hopes to educate people about the signs and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis so that more people can be diagnosed early and receive better treatment. Bernie wrote a guest column for Pulmonary Fibrosis News about his role in the campaign.