My name is Shaun and I am 10, I’m a Cub and I live in Elderslie, Scotland with my mummy who is called Anne and my Daddy who is called Scott. I also have 2 guinea pigs Rex and Bruno. I have a rare chromosome syndrome called trisomy 8 mosaicism this means I have 3 copies of chromosome 8 in some cells instead of just 2.
What has been your journey so far? I was told I may never walk, talk or smile but I have managed to do all of those thing! I also love being in Scouts! I joined Beavers at 7 and I’ve felt included in everything. My leaders also helped me learn my promise in Makaton. At Beavers and Cubs, I’ve been to an overnight camp at Auchengillan Scout Centre, sleepovers at the science museum, and playing games at Cubs. My favourite game is jump the river.
What have been the biggest obstacles you have encountered? I have recently had surgery to save my hearing I think it’s working! I had to work hard to learn to walk and talk but I’ve done it. I also helped save my mum when she had an epileptic episode and became unresponsive. I called the ambulance and explained my mums condition, which were skills that I learnt at Beavers. I received a Medal for Meritorious conduct from the Scouts and got to celebrate this at Windsor – I even met Bear Grylls and he’s my buddy!
Who inspired you to find courage and determination in the tough times? My parents inspire me because they are there for me and inspire me to be brave. Bear Grylls also inspires me, as he isn’t scared of anything – not even snakes or spiders!
What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far? To never give up. My parents taught me that as long as I try my best that’s all I’m asked for, just give it a go!
What is your dream adventure? My dream adventure would be going to the moon. I really want to be an astronaut, and I want to see what rocks I can find on the moon.