Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hope is Not Canceled – We Celebrate Craniofacial Families in September 2020



Dallas, TX -- Children's Craniofacial Association celebrates its 16th Annual Craniofacial Acceptance Month this year. We continue to keep this annual tradition alive, while we socially distance and stay safe.

This year our theme is “Hope is Not Canceled,” as our mission statement pledges “to bring hope and empowerment to children and families affected by facial differences.”

While we cannot gather in person, we still believe that knowing someone out there shares your unique journey of living with a facial difference in your corner, makes life easier and so much better. This year we have pivoted our family networking to offer a bevy of virtual offerings -- our First Ever Virtual Retreat in June 2020, hosting ongoing virtual support group sessions, engaging in art therapy hours, creating storytelling workshops, and so much more. Our members will remain in solidarity with one another from the safety and convenience of home. Our CAM celebration this year will continue to connect families from across the country through the power and magic of technology.

Incidentally, going virtual has allowed us to reach more people than ever! Including those previously underserved who could not attend regional events. Now more than ever, we have hope and insight for a more inclusive future.

The fun continues during September as we encourage families to contact their local media and state government offices to recognize Craniofacial Acceptance Month and the amazing strength and resilience of our kids. All month long, we will have an awareness-raising sign campaign. Look for our CAM signs on a front lawn near you. From Monday, September 14th through Friday, September 18th, we will feature the stories of inspirational speakers each day on our social media platforms. And finally, during the third week of September, we will participate in Kindness Rocks, a fun project where kids decorate rocks with motivational sayings and leave them for others to discover in parks, on trails, and even in offices and classrooms!

All of these efforts bring awareness to those who look different, but who feel love, hope, and hurt just like you! Please join us because together we can end bullying and break down the barriers of discrimination. It takes a sustained effort to educate the public as we work together to foster compassion, tolerance, and empathy for all humans. These precious virtues will be just a click away this year! Everything will be online and accessible to all!

Children's Craniofacial Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Dallas, Texas and founded in 1989, serves over 20,000 families per year and an additional 10,000 unaffected students in schools across the country. CCA's mission is empowering and giving hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. CCA envisions a world where all people are accepted for who they are, not how they look. To request free educational curriculum and additional resources, visit http://www.ccakids.org.

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