Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#WonderWednesday: Deal Island, MD Student Donors Send 2 Families to Retreat

Deal Island, Maryland elementary school teacher, Michelle Messick contacted us to share her "Wonder" story. Her class will be sending two families to CCA's Annual Retreat and Educational Symposium Day. She tells us how her students raised the money for CCA and the activities she planned around the book. Messick inspired these students to give back in a big way. Two families will benefit from this small community's hard work. Thank you so very much for all the kindness, love, and gratitude emanating from Maryland. You will have a profound effect on our craniofacial community in June. Thank you!

Ms. Messick writes...

Our class decided to raise the money after reading “Wonder." CCA graciously donated the books last year to our school because I had to borrow a class set every year. This year my students felt led after reading materials from CCA to send a student to the annual retreat. 

Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine raising enough money to send TWO families! Our school, Deal Island Elementary, is located in a small community, Deal Island in Somerset County, Maryland (Eastern Shore of Maryland). The students brought in donations to create a gift basket to raffle with “Wonder," “Auggie and Me," 365 Days of Wonder, a $50 movie gift card and a TShirt we made for our trip to see Wonder on the big screen. What makes this so impressive in my eyes is that all of the money raised was raised by only 16 students in a period of about 7 weeks! We like to use the phrase “small, but mighty” to describe ourselves because even though we are a small school, in a small community, my students are capable of doing mighty things. 

I wish I captured their faces when I told them how much money they raised! One student said, “I have never felt this happy and I didn’t win!” That is what is is all about; feeling good because you did something for someone else. Needless to say, I am one very proud teacher on so many levels!

Dallas Area Families - Celebrate Rare Disease Day on Sunday, Feb 25th 2-4PM

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Southwest Dallas Chapter Alumnae are honoring CCA Kids with an award! They hope to raise awareness about rare conditions and disorders through hosting a Rare Disease Tea on Sunday, February 25th. 
We would love to have you join us for tea with the ladies of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority! The event is called the "Discover Something Tea," in honor of Rare Disease Day 2018. The SWDCA Ladies will honor those with craniofacial conditions, as well as two individuals with other rare disorders.
You will hear three speakers and get to mix and mingle among friends.
Erica Mossholder, Executive Director of CCA, will accept an award on behalf of all the CCA Families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We hope you can join us so we can recognize you at this event!
Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2pm - 4:30pm
DeSoto Recreational Center - Blue Bonnet Room
211 E. Pleasant Run Rd., DeSoto, TX 75115
Attire is Dressy Chic

for more info, contact the office 214.570.9099

#NewsDayTuesday: "Wonder" Kindness Challenge Accepted!

Jonathan Siebert is talking to students across the country about the book, "Wonder." Siebert recently spoke with students in South Carolina. Read about his story and how he has helped students understand what is means to be kind.

You can join him by volunteering to speak at a local school or via skype. Contact areeves@ccakids.com to take the Kindness Challenge. Be part of our "Real Life Auggie Program."

Monday, February 19, 2018

From the Bench with Francis: Interview with Craniofacial Researchers at King's College London

From the Bench with Francis
A regular column on craniofacial news and technology by Dr. Francis Smith

By Dr. Francis Smith

Dr. Smith travels all over the world to speak and collaborate with others on research efforts in the craniofacial sphere. In this video, he speaks with Dr. Paul Sharp and his colleagues at King's College in London to discuss the work they are doing that will change the lives of children born with craniofacial conditions. Topics covered are craniosynostosis, genetics, embryotic development, and future research on the ear.

Enjoy! There is something here for just about everyone

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#ThankfulThursday: IGive ...Do You?

IGive puts the fun back in fundraising! Our wonderful friends at IGive are running a promotion. Log onto our IGive page to raise funds for CCA while you shop.

$5 New Member Bonus!

Use Tell a Friend to recruit friends to iGive by 3/11. 

When they install the iGive Button and keep it through 5/31 we'll donate an extra $5!

Lots of exciting opportunities to buy new things for you and help us in a small way, too.