Second-grader gives lessons on living with cystic fibrosis
ALBANY, N.Y. (May
4, 2018) --
Delaware Community School second-grader CJ Motta got a chance to be the
teacher for a while on Friday, giving his classmates some first-hand
lessons on what it’s like to live with cystic fibrosis.
CJ’s class has been reading up on the disease, which causes a thick,
sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs and other organs, making it
difficult to breathe. CJ, his mom Tracy Van Hattum, and Albany Medical
Frances Gransbury told students about how the disease affects CJ
and others living with it.
CJ’s classmates breathed through narrow straws to get a sense of what
it’s like to struggle to breathe. They also learned that people living
with cystic fibrosis need to be very careful about germs because they
are at high risk for infections, which is why CJ has his own pencils and
school supplies and his space has to be cleaned frequently with
And CJ demonstrated his “airway clearance” device, an inflatable vest
that vibrates to loosen the gunk in his lungs. CJ has to use the vest up
to an hour at a time, twice a day, in addition to taking numerous
On Friday, Delaware Community School showed its support for CJ by
wearing purple and holding a school-wide assembly about cystic fibrosis.
CJ also was interviewed by WRGB Channel 6.
CJ and his family and friends are taking part in a raising money for
cystic fibrosis research. Learn more about their efforts
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