Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA Kids), a national nonprofit headquartered in Dallas and founded in 1989, has worked for 30 years toward the vision of a world where all people are accepted for who they are, not how they look.
Children’s Craniofacial Association hosts Jono Lancaster, UK motivational speaker and international activist, as we celebrate the 10th Annual Gingertown build event on Tuesday, December 10th at 5:00PM at NorthPark Center, downstairs by Nordstrom.
Lancaster was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a facial difference affecting the structure of jaw bones, ears, and head. He was born in the United Kingdom, but shortly after his birth parents relinquished their parental rights and he was placed in foster care. Fortunately, he was adopted by a loving mother who offered him a stable home. Jono experienced bullying and teasing growing up, today he still contends with cyberbullies on the internet. His life story was the subject of a series of documentaries that aired on the BBC. For over a decade, he’s traveled the world giving hope to kids and families affected by Treacher Collins syndrome and various disabilities, and delivers relevant inspirational speeches focused on learning to love yourself - no matter what makes you “different.”
He will be speaking at the Gingertown build, where we hope you will join us to watch local architects and builders erect a gingerbread town and Jono speaks to “build up” our community with tolerance, acceptance, and kindness.
Later that week, NorthPark has gifted CCA families the chance to see the incredible NorthPark trains and visit Santa with a generous donation of tickets for the CCA Kids. Tickets are available thanks in part to Lilly Pulitizer who distributes them to our families and hosts an annual shopping day to raise funds for our services. Saturday, December 14th at Lilly Pulitzer, 10% of the day’s sales from 2pm-5pm will be donated will be donated to CCA. Anyone can come by and shop for a great cause!
CCA offers programs and services including Patient Financial Assistance for Medical Travel, the Annual Family Retreat & Educational Symposium, and kindness education and bullying prevention programs in schools across the country. Learn more about at http://www.ccakids.org.