When Jono Lancaster was 36 hours old, he was given up for adoption by his parents because of his genetic disorder. He had Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS), which stunts the growth of facial bones. As a consequence, his facial and overall structure was so severely impacted that his eyes drooped, his hearing was compromised, and doctors said he might never walk or even talk. His birth mother was so appalled by his appearance and felt no connection to him, so she decided to give him up.
Fortunately, a kind woman, Jean, was able to look past Jono’s physical appearance and decided to foster him when he was just two weeks old.
Jean had this to say: “Yes, his face did look different, but it didn’t put me off wanting to look after him.”
He was officially adopted at the age of five, as Jean wanted to make Jono an official part of her life.
A bit over 20 years later, Jono has grown into a fine and successful young man (who can walk and talk) and he has a special message to share with everyone.