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FACES: The National Craniofacial Association

By sponsoring and attending Celebration of FACES, you are spreading hope to adults and children with severe craniofacial disorders. If you would like more information about volunteering with the event or sponsoring it, please call us at 423-266-1632.

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FACES is proud to be a founding member of Face Equality International... Creating a world where everyone is treated fairly no matter what their face looks like.


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It all started when a little girl from Chattanooga, Tennessee was born "without a face."

FACES: The National Craniofacial Association began in 1969 as the Debbie Fox Foundation. Debbie, a young girl from the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, was born with a gaping hole where her face should have been (a facial cleft). At the time, Dr. Milton Edgerton, who practiced at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Medical Center, agreed to try to build a face for Debbie, and the foundation was established to help pay for her travel expenses.

Ultimately Debbie underwent 58 surgeries before her 22nd birthday and even co-wrote a book called A Face For Me (See Debbie Fox History below). National publicity about her struggle and recognition of Dr. Edgerton’s unique talents brought requests for help from parents with children in similar situations. With a grant from The Hearst Foundation and other donations from the Chattanooga area, the Foundation began to help other children travel to Baltimore and new craniofacial centers as they were established.

In 1985, the Board of Directors changed the name of the organization to The National Association for the Craniofacially Handicapped, to reflect its expanding services and national client base. The nickname “FACES” was adopted at the same time. In April of 1997, FACES became FACES: The National Craniofacial Association.

Today FACES is a vital link in the facially different community. Forty years ago, a child born with a severe craniofacial difference was destined to be not only disfigured forever, but was also assumed to be totally mentally incapacitated. Most of these children were institutionalized for life. Today, a child born with a craniofacial birth defect can be diagnosed in the womb or days after birth. Physicians now know that having a craniofacial difference rarely results in any type of brain damage. They also know that corrective surgery can, in many cases, begin as early as three months, thus one of the first calls made by the parents of many of these children is to FACES.

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