Man With Rare Condition Flies All The Way To Australia To Meet A 2-Year-Old With The Same Syndrome

Jono Lancaster flew in from London to visit the little fan.

30-year-old UK native Jono Lancaster has lived with Treacher Collins syndrome for most of his life, but he recently proved it's never too late to make new friends who also have the syndrome. 

Treacher Collins is a condition which affects the development of bones and tissues in the face and affects 1 in 50,000 people.

Last week, Lancaster made a point to visit a boy whose journey with Treacher Collins was just beginning: 2-year-old Zackary Walton.

Per Adelaide Now, Lancaster flew from London to Australia to visit Zackary. His mother, Sarah Walton, contacted Lancaster in hopes that her son would one day meet his hero.  

"I would have loved to have met somebody like myself when I was younger ... somebody who had got a job, got a partner and said to me 'these are the things you can do, you can achieve'," Lancaster told Adelaide Now.

On November 17, Lancaster and Zackary met for the first time and Lancaster uploaded an image to his Facebook account with the caption: "Today and over the next couple of days i get to hang out with this little dude and his amazing family in beautiful Adelaide."


Lanscaster works as a model part time, but he isn't new to reaching out to children in need. According to his Twitter bio, he is the patron for Life For a Kid, a charity which gives children funds and equipment to help them live better lives.


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