Jono Lancaster has spent his life being the 'peculiar looking' person in the room. Being born with a rare genetic disorder called Treacher Collins Syndrome, Lancaster's face was affected because of the lack of cheek bones causing his eyes to droop. Growing up in a school where kids made fun of his abnormal looks, the boy seriously lacked confidence.

"I used to hide how unhappy I was from my mum. She had already done so much for me," he was quoted in an interview by BBC.

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Being adopted by his mum Jean Lancaster merely 36 hours after his biological parents bailed on him, the boy grew up with certain anxieties. He began drinking a lot, and seeking attention in other ways which would keep his face out of the equation. At the age of 19, he got a job offered to him by the owner of the bar he used to frequent. And this would become his turning point.

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Terrified of what drunk people might say to him, he found a bunch of very nice people who were genuinely curious about his condition. He even completed a diploma in sports science and became a fitness instructor at the local gym, where he was an instant hit. Working in a place with wall-to-wall mirrors, Lancaster became comfortable in his own skin.

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It was at the gym that he met Laura, the love of his life. Jono has become a spokesperson of sorts for the rare condition that is Treacher Collins Syndrome, and he also heads a group of Adults with Autism. Jono used to feel a lot of hatred toward his biological parents during his teenage and he desperately tried to find them, however, over the years he has come to peace with himself.

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He's even declined face reconstructive surgeries, Jono spends a lot of time helping kids with the same condition cope and set an example for the bright future of what could be.