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November 13, 2012

Lockport man develops cystic fibrosis treatment app



”It has gone great,” Phipps said.

The app, available for the iPhone and iPad, has been uploaded to the Apple Store and can be found by searching “chest PT.” People have downloaded it from all over, including Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom.

About 30,000 people in the United States have cystic fibrosis. Commonly, people are diagnosed within the first year of their lives.

Seventy years ago, those with cystic fibrosis usually did not survive past the first few months. Now, life expectancy has improved dramatically, the average life span being close to 40.

”They’re are making a lot of great strides,” Phipps said.

As a result of the cystic fibrosis, Mason doesn’t have a working pancreas and his stomach doesn’t have the necessary enzymes. He is given the needed enzymes through a spoonful of applesauce before a bottle.

”He is doing good now,” Phipps said.

Gelia works with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which is located right across the street from the firm in Williamsville. Gelia handles the group’s public relations needs, while Phipps has presented to area schools. Phipps wants to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis any way he can.

”A lot of people don’t know what it is,” he said “I didn’t know.”




Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.

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