Fifteen year-old Austin Halls seems like a typical teenager. A tenth-grader from New Jersey, he describes himself as “really outgoing and confident” and “so, so mainstream”, loving music, technology and hanging out with friends. He also has Moebius Syndrome.
For Austin, living with Moebius Syndrome has been life-changing and a blessing. It makes him different, makes him stand out and makes him who he is. Through Moebius Syndrome, he sees himself as being able to inspire and be a role model for many people, which he describes as “amazing”. Music is a big passion for Austin and showcases his true talent and commitment. He is a singer, has been playing percussion for at least six years and around two years ago started playing guitar. Some of his musical inspirations include Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato and Jessie J, and he says that from a young age he always wanted to be a star. Recently, Austin began campaigning to go on The Ellen Show and share his story. Ultimately, he wants to be a role model for young and old alike and to inspire people to think: “Wow, if he can go through so much I can get through anything I’m getting through”. For Austin, Ellen is a big inspiration as she’s “so down to earth and so kind hearted”. To support Austin’s cause, like his page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Austinhallsonellen. You can also go on Instagram, post a photo of Austin and use the hashtag #austinhallsonellen. At least 200 people have already shown their support for Austin, which is a wonderful achievement.
Austin says that Moebius Syndrome has made him stronger and wiser, and this is definitely the case. His desire to make people think positively and more openly about themselves and others is truly inspirational, especially coming from someone so young. To other young people with Moebius, he says: “Please just don’t be shy, be who you are and LOVE who you are. All of you are so so special and so amazing. Talk to new people and do new things. You can do anything! Love you all and I’m here for anyone that wants to talk.”
On behalf of the Many Faces of Moebius Syndrome, I thank Austin for his wonderful commitment to spreading awareness of Moebius Syndrome and wish him all the best in his campaign.
You can learn more about Austin by reading his story at www.manyfacesofmoebiussyndrome.com/austin
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