Ross was born with myopathy with contractures; a rare condition which left him with muscle weakness and joint stiffness. There was little support for people with his condition when he was growing up and he didn’t realise he was ‘disabled’ until he was 22.
He attained a degree in advertising and had a successful career as a graphic designer until he was made redundant in 2014. He found being unemployed extremely hard and started to suffer from depression; not wanting to leave the house or participate in his hobbies. He had the mind-set that if he wasn’t working he wasn’t allowed to enjoy any free time.
“Learning to fly will fulfil a dream I have had since I was 12. It will also show my son, who has the same condition as me, that no matter what he can achieve anything”.