Meet Leo (age 10)
“My brother is the coolest person I know! After Grandma.”
Personality: Leo loves reading, his grandma, and playing football with his older brother, Matt. He gets anxious sometimes and can worry, but Matt has experience dealing with anxiety, so both have learned to support one another.
Family: Leo’s older brother Matt has achondroplasia, but Leo and their dad do not.
Meet Emma (age 9)
“Do you like this dress? I made it myself! It has stripes!”
Personality: Emma has a big personality. She loves being the center of attention to show off all her favorite outfits and will talk your ear off about her two sisters: “They’re both taller than me now, but that’s only because they don’t have achondroplasia.”
Family: Emma is the middle sibling, and the only one in her family with achondroplasia. She has an older sister who was already growing fast when she was born—and now her younger sister is taller than she is, too.
Meet Sofia (age 8)
“The best part about people is getting to show them I care!”
Personality: Sofia loves animals and helping others. She is most comfortable in her home where it’s quiet and she can spend time with her mom.
Family: Sofia has achondroplasia but her mom does not. Sofia’s mom tries to provide a supportive environment to help Sofia build independence and confidence in her ability to adapt how and when Sofia feels it’s necessary.
Meet Haruki (age 10)
“I don’t like croissants…Just kidding. I LOVE croissants!”
Personality: Haruki is a ball of energy. He loves people, loves parties, and loves playing soccer. Both of his parents have achondroplasia, so they have a lot of experience with having been short-statured kids themselves! It’s helped Haruki become more independent (sometimes, a little too independent!).
Family: Both of Haruki’s parents have achondroplasia which means Haruki will be able to learn a lot from his parents’ experiences growing up.
Achondroplasia Children's Book
No matter how someone grows, we all rise in love
We all have different traits that make us unique—where we are from, the color of our eyes, which hobbies we enjoy—the list goes on. Sometimes we can be afraid to share what makes us special, but Rising Love is a book that teaches us to have confidence in our own unique ingredients.
Download the Rising Love Reader’s Companion to help teach others in your community about achondroplasia
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