Man Travels Half The World To Meet Toddler With Same Rare Genetic Condition
Brit Jono Lancaster has travelled to Australia to meet a toddler with the same rare condition that he has.
The 30-year-old is affected by Treacher-Collins syndrome, which prevents the skull, jawbones and cheeks from fully developing.
Last month he flew to Adelaide, South Australia, to meet two-year-old Zackary, who has the same condition, after the boy’s mother contacted Jono on Facebook.
Speaking to tan Adelaide newspaper, she said: ‘Jono is a celebrity to us — he’s a huge inspiration.’
‘When he said he was coming to Australia, we knew we had to meet him and it’s made us so happy to see Zack meet someone like him.’
As well as meeting Zackary, Jono is travelling around the country to meet other children with the condition, hoping that he can help inspire them to lead fulfilling lives.
Jono told the Adelaide Advertiser: ‘I would have loved to have met somebody like myself when I was younger.’
‘Somebody who had got a job, got a partner and said to me ‘these are the things you can do, you can achieve.’
Jono has kept his Twitter followers updated on his travels by posting pictures of all the children affected by Treacher Collins syndrome that he has met in Australia and New Zealand.
It must be great for these young people to meet an inspirational adult such as Jono that they can relate to.