State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today received the Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Legislator of the Year Award at the organization's annual Statehouse breakfast.
Hottinger first encountered cystic fibrosis (CF) several years ago when Newark resident Kim Matthews, who has several family members living with the disease, contacted him to share information about the healthcare challenges facing the CF community.
“Kim is a long-time advocate for her family and for all who suffer from cystic fibrosis,” said Hottinger. “She is the hero of this cause. I appreciate Kim’s tireless work on bringing awareness to this issue, which impacts so many Ohioans and their loved ones.”
Hottinger has joined Matthews as well as former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason, whose son Gunnar was diagnosed with CF, in fighting to increase awareness and improve care for those in the CF community.
“I've had the opportunity to partner with so many great advocates for CF throughout the years,” said Hottinger. “I’m humbled to have helped advocate for the healthcare needs of Ohioans impacted by this condition.”
Cystic fibrosis is a chronic lung disease that affects approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States.