A’Darius Adams, 8, has dealt with more personal tragedy than most children his age. He has Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and has suffered scars and health problems because of it. However, the boy has also inspired others — and received an award for his bravery.

Adams has had to miss a great deal of school due to SJS. He has had more than one surgery, and the disease has left him with many scars all over his body, including his eyes. Because of his different appearance, the boy also has some trouble making friends; however, he has learned to take it all in stride and even with a little bit of humor.

When asked about his making friends, Adams says, “I tell them what happened to me and why I look like this. Then, I start to make some friends, but some kids still don’t like me.”

SJS left the boy extremely sick and out of school for a year. He finally made it to school this year and attends classes at Sherwood Elementary School. The boy’s principal, Sabrena Cunningham, made a statement at the awards banquet and said, “A’Darius entered school on grade level and has maintained his academics even though he must miss a large amount of school for surgeries. Life keeps giving him blows, but he keeps getting back up with a laugh, joke or smile.”

This is the 17th year that Cox Communications Florida-Georgia has hosted the celebration. While Adams isn’t the only student to have won an award this year, his story stands out. The director of public and government affairs for Cox, Sheila Nichols, says, “These inspirational student heroes demonstrate a positive outlook as well as a conviction to make each day count.”

SJS can be a debilitating disease that causes the body to burn from the inside out. The condition can also cause permanent blindness and death. If you or someone you love has SJS, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I may be able to help you receive compensation for your injuries.