Dustin From ‘Stranger Things’ Raises Awareness For His Rare IRL Disorder

I’ve typed it before and I will type it again: ‘Stranger Things‘ is the fucking tits and I love it so much that I refuse to watch it through a second time because I’m scared that I’m going to start viewing it critically instead of just cherishing every delicious moment like I did the first time.
One of my favourite things about the show is that they managed to capture how kids in 80s movies all seemed to look kind of weird. Not like bad-looking weird, but like weird in the way that all children are kinda weird-looking (or at least in the way I definitely was).
Like the movies they drew inspiration from, the kids were the real heroes, and they somehow managed to choose the coolest, chillest children to play the heroic nerd protagonists.
Take for instance, Millie Bobby Brown (who played Eleven) rapping Nicki Minaj‘s verse from ‘Monster‘ like a complete champ:
And now, Gaten Matarazzo (who plays Dustin) is using his newfound platform to raise awareness for cleidocranial dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder from which he suffers.
The disorder affects the growth of bones and teeth, and Matarazzo has had to have a bunch of mouth surgeries, but comparatively his case is pretty chill:
“There’s a one in a million chance that you have of getting it – most likely you get it from a parent, but it just happened for me. I have a very mild case so it doesn’t affect me as much, but it can be a very difficult condition to have.” 
Apparently he’s already made fans of the show who also have the disorder feel a bit better:
“The feedback has been great, a lot of people were messaging me saying, ‘You made me feel better about myself, that you can show that you have this condition on TV and embrace it.’ I feel like I’m raising awareness for it. It makes me feel good.”
What a bloody legend.
Source: PEOPLE.
Photo: Getty Images / Young Hollywood.