Remarkable teenager wins top award
Updated 8:09am Friday 28th March 2014 in News
A YORK schoolboy has won a national award for overcoming his disabilities.
Adam Bojelian, 14, of Bilbrough, near York, has very severe epilepsy and cerebral palsy as well as other medical problems which mean his only movement comes from his eyes and head.
Through blinking and eye movement, Adam is remarkably able to compose poetry, songs and stories, with the support of his mum, teachers and nursing staff.
This week he received the most votes to win the River Island Inspirational Award, at the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards 2014, which said he had "not let his disabilities stop him from achieving his dreams".
Adam was named the winner at the London City Hall ceremony.
Lisa Farmer, acting chief executive at Young Epilepsy, said: “What a fantastic evening, I’m humbled by the stories of those here tonight – people that have gone above and beyond to try and make the world a better place for those with living epilepsy."
The Tadcaster Grammar School pupil, has previously won a Brit Writers Award and written a song which peaked at number two in the iTunes children’s music chart and attracted backing from Ewan McGregor.
Adam, who has daily seizures and has spent half of his life in hospital, recently moved with parents Zoe and Paul to Bilbrough.
He has been asked to compose a song for Leeds Rhinos and he also edits his own poetry page in Eduzine magazine.
Celebrity guests at the event on Wednesday included James Cracknell and Martin Kemp.
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