Michael may only be 3-feet-tall, but he is a mighty force with his motivated momma by his side. Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA) Family, The Brown’s – Brittany, Michael, and sister Allison – are making a big splash in our DFW schools with a message to students to always choose kind.
The Browns are taking the positive message of acceptance to the students and staff of elementary schools across the metroplex. Although summer break may be in full force, this trio is busy mapping out their ChooseKind campaign route for the upcoming school year.
Brittany’s mission started three years ago when Michael was born with a craniofacial difference called Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS). TCS is a rare genetic disorder that affects the development of bones and other facial tissues, so the world perceives him as “looking different.”
Having a craniofacial condition like TCS can make it difficult to be in public or around new people, because they will stare or ask rude questions. Their structural differences can cause medical problems including hearing loss, airway obstruction, and eating difficulties. Kids with TCS typically need several surgeries in their first few years of life to help them overcome these medical challenges, and a host of expensive medical devices, too.
Despite having special medical needs, children with craniofacial conditions are just like typical kids in almost every other way – in fact, CCA members with TCS have raced in marathons, earned PhDs, spoken to crowds of thousands, and starred in national commercials.
Locally, Brittany and her family became advocates for children with craniofacial differences almost overnight when they hosted a star-studded, red-carpet advanced screening for the movie Wonder in Dallas in late 2017. Britney now advocates on a weekly basis with her family in schools and at professional events, as well as being a face for raising funds for the organization, like for North Texas Giving Day. Her motive is helping others who are facing struggles on the craniofacial journey as she knows how critical it is for families to have financial and social resources when raising a child with additional medical needs. In addition to helping families with TCS, she has a much bigger goal … to make the world a kinder place. It’s a vision we at CCA all share and we hope you will help us continue the kindness movement.
By Erica Mossholder, Children’s Craniofacial Association executive director
* Photo provided by Children's Craniofacial Association
In nine years, Communities Foundation of Texas‘ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $195 million into the North Texas community. In 2017, $39 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.
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