first published in the March 2021 Equiery
Ten-year-old Brynn Miller of Dickerson received a surprise AffloVest donation from the Lea Marie Faraone Foundation as part of the organization’s “Fly Me To The Moon” grant program. The program helps young people battling with chronic illnesses. Miller is a Cystic Fibrosis patient who hasn’t let the illness slow her down as she foxhunts, shows and even races ponies.
The AffloVest is the first battery-operated High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation therapy that lets patients with CF, bronchiectasis and other neuromuscular diseases receive state-of-the-art airway clearance therapy on the go. The International Biosphysics Corporation out of Austin, TX, developed the vest.
The vest was presented to Miller on January 23 at her family’s Furnace Ford Farm. “Donations like this are what the Lea Marie Faronoe Foundation is all about,” said Laura O’Donnell-Faraone, Director and Co-Founder of LMFF. “The AffloVest will improve Brynn’s quality of life by allowing her to receive treatments on the go and not take away from time she can devote to things she is passionate about, like foxhunting.”