With his cheeky smile, mischievous personality and obsession with football and rugby, Ben Roe is just like any other little boy.
But in his ten years this brave youngster who loves reading, watching sport and music, has been through much more than most. Ben, of Gullane Drive, Warmsworth, has Down’s Syndrome and has already courageously battled two different types of leukaemia, hearing and sight problems and a poor immune system.
To mark Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day today his proud mum, Lynn, has spoken of Ben’s condition.
“He’s gorgeous but I’m very biased,” she said. “They’re like any other child – they need love, attention and nurturing. They just take a little longer to get where they need to be. I always say that Ben takes the scenic route rather than going direct.” Full time mum Lynn, 50, and Dennis, 53, adopted Ben when he was 11 months old. He has two adopted brothers, 26-year-old Aaron and Hale, 19, who also have special needs.
Lynn said: “There are a lot of Down’s Syndrome people out there working and living independent lives. We don’t want them shoved away and hidden like they used to be in the old days.”