Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Face of Resilience: The Kid President

Original image by Kristi Montague
"We're all on the same team, let's start acting like it." - The Kid President

I had a completely different post lined up, but during my internet prowl today I decided to watch every single Kid President video on YouTube. If you haven't seen any of these videos yet, then get right on it - seriously, this boy is all kinds of hilarious.

Kid President is portrayed by Robby Novak. Robby is nine years old, and since birth has suffered from a condition known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, more commonly known as brittle bone disease. Osteogenesis Imperfecta is caused by a genetic defect which basically affects the body's ability to create strong bones. This means that the body is comprised of weak and extremely fragile bones which often break - sometimes with no apparent cause. It could be because of something as simple as tripping over your shoes. Robby has had over 70 breaks over the course of his life. He dances, he runs around football fields, and all he wants is for people to "be more awesome." There is no cure for OI, but Robby told CBS News that "I'm trying not to worry about it. I'm not that kid that breaks a lot, I'm just a kid who wants to have fun."

The videos are filmed by his brother-in-law, Brad Montague, and their video "A Pep Talk from Kid President to You" has now had over 13 million views on YouTube. Kid President reminds us that we're alive, and that means doing something.

Robby is not just a funny kid who looks charming in his suit and tie, he's a child who doesn't let his condition stand in the way of his quality of life. His resilience is what makes him as inspiring as his Pep Talk video, and even Barack Obama got involved and asked Kid President to announce the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll.

I'm going to be more awesome, because Kid President made me want to - more importantly, Robby Novak made me want to. Like they say, be the change you wish to see in the world. Hey, Kid President - Can we be best friends?