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$2 million raised for cystic fibrosis, pulmonary programs at Children's

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Boomer Esiason and son Gunnar  Esiason speak Saturday at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Provided by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Boomer Esiason and son Gunnar Esiason speak Saturday at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Provided by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cris Collinsworth served as the emcee at the 10th annual Celestial Ball Saturday at the Duke Energy Convention Center.  Provided by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Cris Collinsworth served as the emcee at the 10th annual Celestial Ball Saturday at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Provided by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Supporters raised $2 million Saturday for the cystic fibrosis and pulmonary programs at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Former Bengals Boomer Esiason and Cris Collinsworth were among the more than 1,300 people who attended the 10th annual Celestial Ball at the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown.

Children's said surpassing the $1 million mark was a historic achievement for the organization.

The money raised includes $1 million from Boomer Esiason Foundation. Esiason's son Gunnar was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1993 at the age of 2.

"Gunnar and I were honored and humbled to be part of this special evening," Boomer Esiason said.  "We continue to invest in Cincinnati Children's because the experts there are improving child health every day."

Michael Fisher, Children's CEO, announced announced the launch of the hospital's largest comprehensive fundraising campaign.

The campaign is called Change the Outcome, the Campaign for Cincinnati Children's. It aims to raise $250 million in support of the organization's work to improve child health.

Fisher said the campaign will focus on making children in Cincinnati the healthiest in the nation, while accelerating work to improve clinical care, patient safety, education and research to benefit children around the globe.  

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