Thursday, September 3, 2015

Let's Send More Kids to Retreat through FirstGiving

One super simple way you can help CCA raise funds to send kids to surgery and host the Annual Family Retreat & Educational Symposium is by starting a FirstGiving page for CCA.

FirstGiving is a great way to involve new people in helping CCA and it comes at a great time, as part of our Matching Challenge Grant. For every dollar we raise from new donors, it will be matched 100% up to $25,000!

So if you start a FirstGiving page and 25 friends donate $5 each, you've raised $125 which turns into $250 for CCA because of the Matching Grant.

This is a fun, easy way to involve your classroom or group in #CraniofacialAcceptanceMonth.

Let us know if you want to pitch in and we'll help tell your story like Fred's success below (also on page 24 of the Current Newsletter).

We are truly and deeply grateful to 
everyone who supports CCA. This Thursday and 
every #ThankfulThursday, 
we appreciate your generosity and kindness. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

#CAM2015 is Making National News!

Craniofacial Acceptance Month is making national news!

Today we have two national news features to share with you. 
First, from USA Today, is the awesome video they produced of our #CCARetreat2015.

Second, we love that The Huffington Post ran a story called "September Is Craniofacial Awareness/Acceptance Month, and Here's Why It Should Matter to You." Wow! This moving personal essay from Cranio Mom Kathy poignantly hits home and explains why awareness matters both early on, when obtaining accurate and timely medical treatment is critical, but also throughout our Cranio Kids' lives as they enter the world and face the challenges of looking "different."

We agree, #CAM2015 matters and we're so glad that these two media outlets are spreading acceptance and kindness.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy #CAM2015


Wow - this year, Craniofacial Acceptance Month is already rocking!

We have a ton of events, picnics, and fundraisers that will be occurring this month. First, we hope you will join with us to turn Social Media Yellow and check back often as we keep you up-to-date on all the happenings during #CAM2015.

Then, RSVP to one of our picnics happening across the country.

Next, share this press release with your favorite local reporter, local TV and radio stations, your newspaper, and even your favorite blogs and magazines!

And... perhaps the most important thing you can do is ask your friends and family to donate on September 17, 2015 which is North Texas Giving Day, or #NTXGivingDay. When you give online through #NTXGivingDay, a percentage of your donation will be matched by corporate sponsors in and around Dallas and CCA becomes eligible for bonus awards and cash grants. Thank you for supporting CCA!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Turn FB Yellow Tutorial

Let's Turn Facebook Yellow for CAM!
by Joe Brooks

September is Craniofacial Acceptance Month. During that month, I, along with my friends, aim to raise awareness and let the general public know that people with craniofacial syndromes are, well…people. Just like them. We all have likes and dislikes and we can be goofy and all that good stuff.

Children’s Craniofacial Association is a nonprofit headquartered in Dallas that serves people and families affected by craniofacial differences. Every September, we encourage as many people as possible to change their Facebook profile pictures and/or cover photos to the CAM graphics.

Since I know that there are people that want to do this but don’t know how to use Facebook very well and aren’t sure how to change their pictures, I have decided to do a writeup to explain how it’s done. Feel free to pass it on to anyone who needs help

Part 1 (If you already used a picture before, you can skip to part 2 and 3)

For Profile picture, you will want to put your mouse over your current profile picture, then an option will come up that says “Update Profile Picture.” Click that and a menu will pop up. Find the “Upload Photo” option, and then upload it from your computer. You can download the CAM graphic from this blog post. If that doesn’t work, download from the CCA website or from one of your FB friends who already has it. Just right click and “save image as” to save to your computer; it will most likely save to your "Downloads" folder on your computer, unless you select another folder (like your Desktop).

FB Profile Avatar:

FB Cover Photo:

Part 2 (this is for if you don’t know the trick)

If you already made it your profile pic in the past, you do NOT need to re-upload. All you should need to do is select “Choose from Photos” from that same menu that pops up when you hover over your current profile picture. Then in the upper right corner of the pop-up, click “Photo Albums,” then find your “Profile Pictures” album. Next, find that yellow graphic that you used before. FB will ask you if you want to re-use that picture….lol….just click YES and there you go!

Part 3

For cover photos the process is similar- There is a camera icon on the top left corner of your current cover photo. Click on it and a similar menu will appear, follow the same profile picture steps for your cover photo. Note in part 2 you are looking for your “Cover Photos” album not “Profile Pictures.”

So there you have it. Now you too can help spread the Acceptance message with us all month.
Stay tuned for more graphics to use on Twitter and Instagram, which CCA is debuting this week. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Practice Creative Solutions

Creativity is the skill that helps us figure out new ways to present information and develop solutions to old and frequent problems. Certainly, creativity is a must-have quality for back to school.

Perhaps one of the most important outcomes creativity allows kids and adults to experience is a new perspective. Check out this great article about how portraits of children with rare diseases helps their doctors and surgeons see and treat them more fully. With these portraits they are able to see the person, rather than just the syndrome.

Patricia Weltin fought relentlessly to have doctors finally recognize the rare diseases
that have impacted her two daughters' lives
We hope you enjoy this story about art opening minds and this year, when faced with a tough situation, step back and pull out some crayons. Let your inner kindergartener be your guide to a creative solution that is brave, kind, assertive, and enthusiastic.