Nomination for “cheery” David (10)

A Forfar grandmother has nominated her 10-year-old grandson for a Smile Award to recognise how he copes with a life-limiting health condition.

David Gordon was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic condition that leads to progressive muscular deterioration but despite this faces life with “a cheery smile”.

He has lived with his gran, Catherine Matheson, for the last five years .

She said: “He has a wonderful, positive attitude, despite his own difficulties. David came to live with me at the age of five. He is my reason for getting up in the morning - his cheery smile brightens every day for me and everyone else he comes into contact with.”

Despite limitations caused by his condition, David enjoys swimming, walks with his gran around Forfar Loch, horse riding at the Brae Riding for the Disabled in Dundee and is an active member of the 6th Forfar Cubs. He also attends the Forfar Four Seasons out of school club.

Catherine continued: “David’s an absolute joy and every morning he wakes up with a smile on his face. I’ve never seen such a happy child. He’s never any different and he’s so helpful to other people, his teacher and his friends.

“He never complains and tackles every challenge with a happy, positive attitude.

“I think my grandson really deserves a Smile Award as he sets a good example to all of us.”

Nominations for the 2013 Smile Awards, sponsored by Johnston Press, can be taken up to 12 p.m. on October 12 and will be added to the list of Scotland’s Smilers and a winner will be chosen from nominations to go forward to the Regional Smile

Regional winners will be presented with a Smile Award medal and treated to a VIP lunch at Scotland’s Happiness Day conference in Glasgow on November 2.

Further information can be found online at and nominations can be made via the website or the form in this week’s Dispatch and Herald.