Let Your Scar Shine

Alexis GiannattasioCommunity Stories, Family Stories, Teen

Aliah is your typical 13 year old girl who enjoys music, stories, time with her friends, participating in church life…and writing! We first were introduced to Aliah as a newborn with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. She had a few … Read More

Beauty with a Twist

Alyssa KirkmanAdult, Community Stories, Family Stories

Hi there, my name is Rasheera and I was born with 2 very rare syndromes: GoldenHar Syndrome and VATER Syndrome. Over the course of my life I’ve had 103 surgeries. Growing up and having such a rare condition, I didn’t … Read More

Baby K

Alyssa KirkmanCommunity Stories, Family Stories

I was 41 yrs old when I was pregnant with my third child, Kiele. I could still vividly remember the day that I had an ultrasound and how excited my husband and I were to have learned that we were … Read More

Kicking for Clefts

Alexis GiannattasioCommunity Stories, Family Stories, Teen

They say that a bond between two brothers is unbreakable and for brothers Grayson and Jack, that holds true. Like many siblings, Grayson and Jack spent countless days of their childhood together playing outdoors and “wrestling” in the name of … Read More

Beautiful Scars

Alexis GiannattasioAdult, Community Stories, Family Stories

I was born in 1983 with a cleft lip and palate. I, like all other children with this condition, went through many, many surgeries in my journey. What stood out to me, however, was the teasing of other children because … Read More