Teenager Andrew Kirby suffers from a condition known as neurofibromatosis. As a result, tumors often appear in his back and head, which have led to him having to undergo some significant operations. His parents say that their son is a shy boy who’s fond of being alone.
Born to loving parents Kay and Tyler, Andrew is a middle-child. The rest of the family is completed by older brother Brock, older sister Goldie and younger brother John. “He’s a good kid, but he’s just different,” Kay told ABC News. “It doesn’t make him odd or bad. He’s very loyal and everybody that meets him loves him.”
For almost half a decade, Andrew always ate on his own at school. Every day, he’d sit there feeling deeply self-conscious, alone with his phone. And his mum would text him each day, wondering whether he’d found a friend to sit with. But Andrew’s response was always the same – he hadn’t.