Treacher-Collins Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that can impair breathing, hearing, and vision.
It has no effect on a person’s intelligence or, more importantly, their ability to feel the pain of rejection.
The disorder affects the development of face tissues and bones, such as the cheekbones, jawbone, ears, eyes, and ears. Treacher Collins, characterized by slanted eyes, sparse eyelashes, and deformed ears, affects around 1 in 50,000 people at birth. Jono Lancaster was born in October 1985. Doctors who diagnosed him with TCS advised his parents that he would most likely never be able to walk or talk. They offered him for adoption when he was less than two days old.
Jean, the foster mother, came two weeks later. After seeing “a little infant that needed caring for,” she simply “fell in love with him.” Five years later, she formally adopted him.
He has also never lost sight of her feelings for him. “Although she isn’t the tallest woman I’ve ever met, she has the biggest heart. This woman has been a foster parent for 30 years and has given so much of herself to so many others.”