I am turning 40 this year! Please celebrate with me by helping others as we widen the circle of acceptance for people born with facial differences. I was the only student in my nursery school, elementary school, and junior high with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. (I was NOT the only one in my high school and college, but only figured that out years later.) I felt alone, ashamed, scared, shy, and ugly. I still had a wonderful time growing up, but being different was not always easy.
Today, I hope you can help the “Karas” of the present day, know their worth! Donate what you can to CCA to help us build a brighter and kinder future!
I do a lot of work with the young adult population of CCA. These are my people. The late teenage years and early 20s/30s can be a difficult time of growth, transition, and change for those of us born with facial differences. Help me make an impact on the social, vocational, emotional, and mental lives of the people that have grown up in this organization over the course of its 30 years in existence.
We were there for them then, and we will be there for them NOW!
As a reminder, CCA’s mission is to empower and give hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. Facial differences include Treacher Collins syndrome (famously depicted in the book and movie “Wonder”), Apert syndrome, frontonasal dysplasia, cleft lip and palate, facial clefting, facial palsy, Pfeiffer syndrome, among many others diagnosed and undiagnosed. Many of these conditions affect not only the face, but also the body and its other organs. People born with these conditions may require feeding tubes, hearing aids, tracheostomies, and other breathing aparati. Long story, short…we, at CCA, envision a world where all people are accepted for who they are, not how they look.
Will you join me in helping this community? Will you help my friends?