Award-winner thanks charity for support during childhood
17 Oct 2017
Katie Young, a teenager from Staffordshire who has a rare form of osteoporosis, was presented with an award by His Royal Highness Prince Harry at the WellChild Awards in London this week in recognition of her ongoing struggles living with the condition.
At six years of age, Katie was diagnosed with idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis; an extremely rare condition affecting less than 100 children in the UK, in which osteoporosis develops in a previously healthy child with no clear cause. Katie sadly suffered a relapse last year, which caused a further drop in her bone density and she is now awaiting surgery for curvature of her spine.
The annual awards ceremony held by WellChild - the national charity for sick children - celebrates the inspirational qualities shown by children throughout the UK who live with serious and complex illnesses every day.
We were delighted to hear about Katie’s ‘Special Recognition’ Award here at the National Osteoporosis Society and would like to send her our congratulations and very best wishes.
Katie’s mum, who first contacted the Charity for support over 10 years ago, said: “We are very proud of Katie and we would not have got to where we are now without the support from the nurses at the National Osteoporosis Society.”
For more information, see our Osteoporosis and children factsheet.
If you want to know more about the WellChild Awards, see the Charity’s website.