CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hey, Burke County... do you know Mason Coffey? Mason is 15-years old and about 4-feet tall. He was born with the most common form of dwarfism named Achondroplasia and is the newest one of our amazing #MollysKids.
As a sophomore at J.C. Draughn High School in Valdese, mom Holly and dad Neal say their son is loved by everyone. Sure seems that way from pictures they sent -- Mason is the manager for the football, basketball, AND baseball teams.
“He has the heart of a servant and his story is worth sharing,” Neal said.
“He’s everyone’s friend,” adds his mom Holly. “He has the biggest heart. He sees the need. If he sees a friend hurting, he tends to go help that friend. He goes from group-to-group, always fits in with everyone.” She paused. “We are exceptionally proud of him.”
Mason's friends and family will be wearing a special t-shirts this Thursday – National Awareness Dwarfism Day – to help educate. They say "Love a Little" (get it?). Picture of them below.
“We live in a world where differences seem to be accepted,” Holly said. “Different hair colors and crazy body piercings and personalities can express themselves. But sometimes if someone is short, they get stared at. Teach your children that all differences are okay. Mason is aware of stares and looks. Please don’t use the word ‘midget’ – it’s not okay. Just use the person’s name. His name is Mason. Or, as a group, they’re ‘Little People’. Or people who live with ‘Dwarfism.’ Help us teach our kids to accept.”
Mason's older brother Zach lives with severe autism. Neal says they had to make an extremely difficult decision as a family to place him in a group home about 2 years ago. Picture of Mason and Zach, also below in comments.
This is one heck-of-a family.
Welcome to #MollysKids, Mason. Keep being yourself. You’re teaching us all.