Adam’s journey

It’s been a bumpy ride for 4-year-old with facial deformities, but Adam isn’t slowing down

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Just as Adam Bills was reaching for the playground equipment at Uvalde Memorial Park on Wednesday afternoon, his father was asked an all-too-common question. “Why does his face look like that?” queried another young child on the playground.

Adam’s father, Uvalde resident Jeremiah Bills, told the curious 5-year-old, “Adam was born like this,” and the answer was happily accepted as the boys began to play.

When Julia Roberts’ new movie “Wonder” entered theaters Nov. 17, viewers got a brief glimpse into the life of August Pullman, a fictional character with facial deformities. But for 4-year-old Adam, the physical and emotional toll of Treacher Collins Syndrome remains long after the credits have rolled.

“The movie overall was a heartwarming film,” said Jennifer Alvarez, Adam’s mother. “For others it is just a film, but for us it is real life.”


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