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Kory Frith, 8 years old using the vest therapy system for the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis. He uses this therapy 2 times daily, along with other prescribe medication to help control his condition.  This is a progressive disease that currently has no cure.

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30, 000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide).  A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas.  This stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.  Without critical funding, young people afflicted with this disease will continue to suffer from fatal lung infections, impaired digestion, and face a median life expectancy of 38 years.  

A child must inherit a defective copy of the CF gene (one from each parent) to have cystic fibrosis. Each time two carriers conceive a child, there is a 25 percent chance that the child will have CF; a 50 percent chance that the child will be a carrier; and a 25 percent chance that the child will be a non-carrier.

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Video on left is of a CF patient doing her vest therapy treatment.

People with cystic fibrosis do airway clearance techniques (ACT) to loosen and get rid of the mucus from the lungs. Clearing mucus helps to reduce the severity of lung infections and improve lung function.


Some airway clearance techniques require help from family members, friends or therapists. Adults with cystic fibrosis can do many airway clearance techniques themselves.


One technique is called “postural drainage and percussion.” People with cystic fibrosis sit, stand or lie in a position that will help free up mucus as their chest and back are pounded or clapped. Sometimes a patient will use a mechanical “vest,” or blow into a device that shakes the mucus loose, to help clear their airways.