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Spokane musician Jesse Cunnington battles Cystic Fibrosis. Spokane musician Jesse Cunnington battles Cystic Fibrosis.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Music flows through Jesse Cunnington. His fingers can fly. But the sweet sound of his acoustic guitar can be quickly forgotten when you hear the disturbing coughs that follow a pleasant tune.

The 24-year-old man battles Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic lung disorder. Using his muscles is so difficult, it's hard for him to even get up in the morning. Even playing one song on the guitar at this point can send him into a coughing frenzy.

Cunnington's health started deteriorating when he was in high school. He dropped out of school his senior year because long hospital stays made school work impossible.

“I asked myself, if I can't do school work, what can I do in my life to make me feel like I have a place,” Cunnington said.

For the last seven years, music has been the only consistent thing in the 24-year-old's life, other than his medical fight.

“Music has just been my way to connect with people and connect with life,” he said. “And feel like I have something to live for.”

Now he's asking for the community's help. His failing health now requires a full transplant. Cunnington says he'll soon need two healthy lungs, and he is trying to raise money to save his life.

“This is my daily life,” he said.

“After a while you learn to really love what's around you, the people around you. And you just love what you can get.”

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