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Colin Farrell Opens Up About Special Needs Son, Shares How He Has ‘Enriched’ His Life


Nov. 15 2012, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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It isn’t easy raising a child with disabilities, but getting involved with a charity has helped Colin Farrell understand and cope with the difficulties.

The Irish actor, whose 9-year-old son, James, was born with Angelman Syndrome, opens up about how getting involved in the Foundation For Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics changed his life in the December 2012 issue of InStyle, and has the details.

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“When you’re the parent of a child with special needs, it’s important to feel that you’re not alone,” he explains.

Farrell, whose son was born in 2003 with the condition, waited until he was four to open up about his diagnosis, and he is currently very active with the FAST charity.

“It was at the Special Olympics in Shanghai in 2007 that I decided, after consulting with James’ mother, that I wanted to talk publicly about the pride and joy I had in our son. He has enriched my life, but I don’t want to minimize the trials that so many families go through: the fear, consternation, frustration, and pain.

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“We share in the smallest victories: the first words at age 6 or 7, being able to feed oneself at 19, and getting the seizures under control. When James took his first steps at age 4, I nearly broke in half!”

To learn more about the Foundation For Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics, click here.


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