A father and son relationship is special, but for 5 year old Adam King, that special relationship went even higher when his Dad, David, wrote a book in which Adam is the undoubted hero. Beautifully illustrated by Jesse de la Cour and intriguely entitled “But Really…. Adventures with a Difference” this book sends out a positive and hopeful message to children, parents, friends and family members living with additional needs. It highlights and emphasises that, in the world of your imagination and with your family and friends around you anything is, indeed, possible. This book is an incredibly true story which sees beyond disability in today’s society.
The King family, David, Fiona and four children Danny, Katie, Robert and Adam live in Killeagh. David was inspired to write the book based on his son, Adam, who has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a brittle bone condition which is a rare and lifelong genetic condition characterized by a shortened stature and brittle bones which fracture easily.
“From the day he arrived into the world Adam was born for adventure” David told the large numbers of people, including many children, who had gathered in Youghal Library on Saturday last for the book launch, “and he has led the most amazing life for the last five years. He has a wonderful network of friends in his Community and beyond –and even a few famous ones! One of his greatest loves is to play wheelchair soccer with the local Club,Youghal Utd.
In an emotional speech, David thanked the many, many people “who” he said “were instrumental in producing this book” including Jesse de la Cour, Local Councillors James O’Connor and Mary Linehan Foley, Killeagh GAA, Sinead’s Dance Troupe and the schools in Gortroe, Veronica Kennefick, Bobby Lee and Niamh Quirke, Julia McLoughlin and all who helped him in any way from concept to publication. He particularly thanked the local communities of Killeagh, Youghal, East Cork and West Waterford for their outpouring of support and encouragement, from Irish communities abroad, and the wonderful staff of Youghal Library Marian, Carmel and Siobhán, for hosting the launch.
David concluded by thanking his children Danny, Katie and Robert for their patience during the times when “Daddy was busy”, and his amazing wife Fiona, for her constant and ongoing belief in him always. He especially thanked his hero Adam “just for being you, and for the privilege of allowing me be part of, and sharing your five year adventure with you”
Bumbleance, the Children’s National Ambulance Service of Ireland, has played a significant part in Adam’s life since he was only a few weeks old, bringing him to and from his many hospital appointments in Dublin over the years. In recognition of what Bumbleance has meant to Adam and his family, a portion of all sales of the book will be donated to them.
But Really…. Adventures with a Difference is on sale in most Youghal shops, in Easons, to buy on Amazon or from any member of the King family.