It takes a special kind of bravery to face the myriad of issues someone like little Amare Stover must deal with every day. The boy was born with neurofibromatosis type one (NF1), and the result is anything but normal. The main symptom of this condition is the growth of massive tumors, mostly around the face, neck, and head. So startling is the effect that bullies have targeted the child, calling him horrible names and refer to him as a “monster.”
This Is Amare Stover And His Mom
And that’s the least of the boy’s worries. He cannot breathe on his own, so he required a permanent tracheotomy tube. The growths behind his eyes are so massive that they will cost him his sight unless he has surgery…and even then, the doctors aren’t quite sure how much help it will be. There are other health and learning disabilities as well, all of which make Amare’s life difficult.
He’s Had This Condition Since He Was A Baby
Now add in the hazing and hate and this boy is having a very hard time of it. His mother tries to provide as much strength as she can. She has a hard time holding a job since Amare requires constant care. He also needs a buffer between him and the cruel comments that seem to follow his every move. Adults are even mean, asking the boy where he “got his mask” and ridiculing the size of his head.
And As He Aged, Things Got Much, Much Worse