Kicking off our #12DaysofChange is Michael Young from Falkirk in Scotland. This amazing 9 year old suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy - a severe form of the disorder that usually leaves children unable to walk by the age of 12.
However, Michael was lucky enough to get on to a medical trial of a new drug called Translarna which literally kept him on his feet for longer. Unfortunately, Michael then discovered that NHS Scotland would not fund the drug that Michael said kept him well - while his friends with the same condition in England would.
That didn’t stop Michael - he started a campaign asking Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, to change the decision and give children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in Scotland the same quality of life as those in England and Wales.
In a matter of weeks, Michael’s Change.org petition had 100,000 supporters piling pressure on the Scottish Government, who were meeting with Michael about his campaign.
Finally, with 150,000 people supporting Michael, the First Minister announced that Translarna would be made available for a few Scottish children, guaranteeing Michael and 5 of his friends a better quality of life.
Well done, Michael! Will you share this image to congratulate Michael on fighting an awe inspiring campaign, all before he turned 10!
Michael left a personal Christmas message for everyone that helped change his life this year. He said "thank you Change.org. Without my petition I probably couldn't be walking right now."
Watch and share his adorable message below.