Basketball Player Chris Goulding Praises 'Courageous' Youngster With Tourette's
The young basketball fan was blown away by the personal message from the Melbourne United player.
A 12-year-old boy with Tourette's syndrome who bravely told his story on Tuesday's episode of The Project has received overwhelming support on social media.
But it was one "very special message" that blew Cameron Schubert away, according to show co-host Carrie Bickmore.
Melbourne United basketball player Chris Goulding sent a personal message to the young basketball fan to praise him for speaking so frankly about daily life with the neurological disorder, which includes vocal tics, making noises and forming habits, like licking his fingers.
G'day, it is Chris Goulding here from Melbourne United. I saw your segment on The Project the other night. I just wanted to say how impressed I was with you and how much courage it takes to go on national TV to stand up for yourself.
Cameron, who was shown the message on his mother Diane's phone, nearly fell over when he saw it.
"My God! I like fell to the ground I was like so amazed!" he told The Project on Thursday night.
"I was like . . . oh my God, I think I'm going to faint. So amazing!
"It just meant the world to me."
Carrie said there had been "an incredible reaction" to Cameron's story: "So many people saying they learnt so much, they took comfort from it, from what they were going through themselves."
Co-host Peter Hellier agreed, saying a mate of his who had a son with Tourette's syndrome was grateful for the way the segment had been covered.
"It just meant the world to him that it was presented in a real way because, as we noted on the night, sometimes for those on the outside . . . we see what may be considered the amusing side of it (because of the swearing)," Peter said.
"It almost gets parodied sometimes.
"But I think what Cameron has done, by sharing your story Cameron, you have opened the doors and people's minds to Tourette's"
According to the Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia the disorder can begin to present in children as young as two, and can affect up to one in 100 children.
Cameron, who was diagnosed at age nine, made an impact for his positive and inspiring outlook.
"I stay positive by thinking to myself there's nothing wrong with you, you've just got a little condition -- don't try to hide it or I'll be hiding who I truly am," he said in Tuesday night's segment.
Cameron's bravery and ability to speak about his struggle had affected the entire panel, with Carrie fighting tears saying, "I hate seeing any kid having to struggle through anything but he's so frigging remarkable and so eloquent".