Hayley Okines, Autobiographer
Hayley Okines’ shoulders may look frail – as frail as those of a 105-year-old person, to be precise – but they are in fact strong enough to carry the weight on an entire cause.
Because at not just 14 years old but amazingly 14 years old, Hayley is defying the odds of Hutchinson Gifford Progeria Syndrome – a disease which ages children at 8 times the normal rate. “Progeria” (derived from the Greek word for prematurely old) normally claims the lives of young people by age 13.
Hayley has become the face of Progeria awareness both because of her strength and perseverance and also due to the success of her autobiography, Old Before My Time, in which she expresses both her struggles and her triumphs. I bet you can guess from her smile which ones she focuses on. :)
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