My Warrior

Alexis GiannattasioACPA Family Services News, Family Stories

My beautiful son, Jaxson, started to show me how strong he was just a few weeks after I found out I would be blessed with him. At our 12-week ultrasound, we found out Jax would have some sort of cleft … Read More

Embrace Your Face

Alexis GiannattasioAdult, Family Stories

I was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a complex craniofacial condition that causes facial malformations. For a long time, I felt trapped by my struggles, but now, I use my voice to help others. As a craniofacial awareness advocate, I … Read More

71 Years, A Blessed Cleft

Alexis GiannattasioAdult, Family Stories

By Tom TurbivilleCollege Station, Texas I was born in August of 1948 in Houston with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. There was no Dr. Google for my parents to answer their immediate questions, such as why their newborn son … Read More

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

Spreading Cleft Courage at the Clinic

Alexis GiannattasioFamily Stories

Isabella was born with a unilateral cleft lip and incomplete alveolar ridge. After Isabella’s first surgery at seven months old, I saw the ACPA cleft bears and absolutely loved the idea of having a bear to take into future surgeries. … Read More