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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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Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee



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