A REMARKABLE teenager’s lifetime of bravery battling an incurable skin condition is to be recognised at a star-studded awards ceremony.
17-year-old Lauren Rogers, from St Asaph, has won a 2013 WellChild Award and will be off to collect her prize in London next month having been nominated by her friend Suzanne Altinkeser.
Lauren, who featured on the front page of the Free Press in May, has a genetic skin condition recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB).
She was selected from hundreds of nominations to win the category of Inspirational Young Person, which celebrate the courage of children coping with serious illnesses or complex conditions.
She said: “It was a big surprise when I found out I’d been nominated.
“I met Suzanne on Facebook and we’ve talked to each other a lot.
“I found out I won when mum got a letter through the post, I was shocked.”
Lauren’s form of RDEB is one of the most severe forms of this condition.
Ninety per cent of her body is covered in bandages to prevent any infection from the open wounds, blisters and places where the skin has sheered off at the slightest touch.
Lauren is very fragile and must use a wheelchair most of the time. Despite this she has recently passed her Level 2 childcare at Llandrillo College in Denbigh and wants to become a play specialist with young children.
Nominator Suzanne, from Bolton, said: “Lauren is an absolute inspiration to me, at the age of 17 years she has been through more than I could ever have coped with.
Lauren will receive her award at the eighth annual WellChild Awards ceremony on September 11 at the Dorchester Hotel on London’s Park Lane.
At this star-studded event, Lauren will meet a host of WellChild celebrity supporters, who attend each year to celebrate the courage of brave children and honour the dedicated work of the country’s health professionals.
In addition to Royal Patron, Prince Harry, previous WellChild Award evenings have been attended by rock legend Rod Stewart with his wife Penny Lancaster Stewart, comedian Russell Howard, pop singer Pixie Lott, actress Barbara Windsor, pop band Scouting for Girls, Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne and many more.