Adam’s leap proves he’s the bravest of the brave

Adam Oates
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HE may well be one of the bravest boys in Sheffield.

Adam Oates has battled a debilitating physical condition, cares for his poorly mum and is raising hundreds of pounds for charity through school events.

It’s not an exaggeration to say the 16-year-old is a very special young man.

And if his regular fundraising and daily toils weren’t enough, he has just launched himself out of an aeroplane for a sponsored parachute jump.

For Adam, from Ecclesfield, it was a particularly brave feat. He suffers from juvenile arthritis, which leaves him in extreme pain and sometimes unable to move.

As a result Adam has missed a lot of school, yet is still on target to pass all his GCSEs and go on to do his A Levels.

At school he has a specially-designed chair, which supportive classmates carry from class to class. His teachers sometimes prepare lessons for him to take at home.

“Sometimes the arthritis is a lot worse than others. It is annoying being like this and seeing other people taking things for granted, like being healthy and getting an education,” he said.

Adam has spent much of his childhood at Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s rheumatology department. His mum Rachael, 37, said: “He’s been unwell for years and sometimes he can’t even get out of bed but Yewlands Technology College have been great.

“Adam’s going on to college next year and wants to be a psychologist.”

Rachael suffers from Crohns disease. Adam, despite his own troubles, helps her around the house.

“He is amazing,” she said.

Adam’s parachute mission, which he paid for with his birthday money, will help him raise funds to create a Fireman Sam bedroom for his three-year-old cousin, Vannie Arslan, who suffers a rare eye cancer known as rhabdon yosarcom.