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3rd May 2015

Doctors said he would die – now he’s a dancer

You’re one-year-old son won’t see his 10th birthday.’ These were the devastating words Adam Young’s parents heard from doctors when they broke the news that he had cystic fibrosis. 34 years later, he’s a dancer, teacher and choreographer.

Doctors also told Adam’s parents to let him enjoy his life; to let him follow his dreams. For Adam, this meant learning to dance. He began dancing at the age of six and, by the age of 18, had won multiple awards and performed in front of thousands of people.

Despite having only 28% lung capacity, Adam dances with the aid of an oxygen tank. Want – and listen – to his performance in this video.


But none of this has been easy. Adam has had to overcome multiple setbacks, including addiction and a double lung transplant in 2013.

Today, he is dancing again.

Before the transplant, his lung capacity had dropped to just 20%. If a serious infection had restricted his breathing any further, Adam may not be alive today.

The transplant was transformative. His lung capacity is now 90% and, a year into his recovery, he began preparing for a new dance project which will premiere in August 2015.

Adam has become more than a dancer. He is a motivational speaker and an advocate for cystic fibrosis (CF) awareness.

CF is a genetic chronic lung disease that also affects the digestive system. It has a profound impact on the lives of young people affected by the disease and on their families.

May is Cystic Fibrosis Month – find out more