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A Mom’s Gift to Her Sons

Posted on: May 5, 2014

KoryFrithSherry Frith wrote Sticky Icky Booger Bugs after her sons Kory and Kevin were diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Keeping the sticky icky booger bugs away became an important daily routine that keeps the disease under control and her boys out of the hospital. The book unfolded with the help from illustrations by her neighbor Carol, whose grandson is also in the book.

Born and raised in California, Frith is the Chief Financial Officer at a local concrete construction business. Her three boys are athletic and enjoy sports. Most days, she can be found in the stand cheering Kyle in soccer, Kevin in football, or Kory in baseball.

She is also the founder of a non-profit organization called Helping Hearts. Frith decided to be involved with raising funds for local organizations that brings awareness to childhood heart and pulmonary disease. All of her boys have Arrythmogenic Right Ventricle Dysplasia, as well as two of her boys having been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The mission of Helping Hearts is to bring awareness to the public of the high rate of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in the youth & public. It also wants to assist schools in placing AED devices into schools and assist staff with being trained on using the automated external defibrillator (AED).

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs came about because Frith wanted to give her sons an explanation for what they were being faced with in terms they could understand. If you aren’t aware, Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Basically, the body produces unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life threatening lung infections as well as obstructs the pancreas. People with cystic fibrosis do airway clearance techniques (ACT) to loosen and get rid of the mucus. There are 30,000 children each year diagnosed and battling cystic fibrosis. There is no cure for this progressive disease.

Chat with Sherry Frith: Reddit

Read Kory’s Story: Beat Snot

Tomorrow I’ll post an interview with Sherry Frith and on Wednesday I’ll share my review. Save the dates: May 6-7!


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Spring Reviews

Almost a year after I announced that it was time to take a step back from this blog, Allison's Book Bag is still here. I'm slowly working back up to weekly reviews again. Each week, there will be one under any of these categories: Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, religious books, or diversity books. Some will come in the form of single reviews and others in the form of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado by Janice Dean
  • The Distance Between Us by Reya Grande
  • Hearts of Fire from The Voice of Matyrs



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