September is National Craniofacial Acceptance month and the CCA (headquartered in Dallas, TX) is kicking off their 7th year observing it with their 4th Annual National Picnic Day September 10th. Here are just a few facts provided by http://www.ccakids.org/abt.asp:
What is a Craniofacial Disorder?:
-“An abnormality of the face and/or head”
What Causes It?:
-Abnormal tissue or bone growth in the face or skull caused by either genetics or environmental factors
-Hemifacial Microsomia/Goldenhar Syndrome
-Cleft lip and/or palate
-Pierre Robin Syndrome
Ways to Help:
-Donate by visiting http://www.ccakids.org/hlpDon.asp
-Volunteer (Learn more at http://www.ccakids.org/hlpVol.asp)
-CCA Shop (Spread CCA awareness by purchasing great gifts at http://www.ccakids.org/CCAstore/default.asp)
Did you know?:
-After playing in a movie as a mother who had a child with a craniofacial deformity, singer Cher became a generous sponsor of the CCA, even bringing children with craniofacial disorders to her concerts.
Road Scholar Transport Awareness Program
Road Scholar owner Jim Barrett was meeting with a man one day at a pizza restaurant who was requesting a trailer for the Children’s Craniofacial Foundation. Being extremely busy at the time, Barrett arranged for them to meet again in a month or two to discuss it. But as the two of them were walking out of the empty restaurant, in walked a girl who clearly had a facial disability. Believed to be a divine message that this girl had walked in there, Barrett immediately turned towards the man he had lunch with and told him that it was not a question anymore. Road Scholar was going to do the trailer. The Children’s Craniofacial Foundation trailer was soon created on behalf of Jeremy Dale, whose father is the chair of the foundation.