And that’s the least of the boy’s worries. He cannot breathe on his own, so he required a permanent tracheotomy tube. The growths behind his eyes are so massive that they will cost him his sight unless he has surgery…and even then, the doctors aren’t quite sure how much help it will be. There are other health and learning disabilities as well, all of which make Amare’s life difficult.
Now add in the hazing and hate and this boy is having a very hard time of it. His mother tries to provide as much strength as she can. She has a hard time holding a job since Amare requires constant care. He also needs a buffer between him and the cruel comments that seem to follow his every move. Adults are even mean, asking the boy where he “got his mask” and ridiculing the size of his head.
She tries to stress to him that he is just like other eight-year-olds and to ignore those individuals who can’t treat him with respect. For her, his desire to play and his enjoyment of sports makes him an normal kid.
It’s the rest of the world who has the problem.