Students at North Collins Elementary School have all read the book or have seen parts of the movie, “Wonder”. myFace representatives went to North Collins Elementary to bring awareness to those living with facial differences through the power of art.
News 12 Connecticut
A Stamford elementary school is modeling a lesson after the book and movie “Wonder,” with the goal spreading a message of acceptance and kindness toward those who are different.
CBS New York
ABC Eyewitness News
One middle school student from Long Island is hoping “Wonder” can raise awareness and understanding for children living with disabilities.
Hannah is 12-years-old and like Auggie in the book and movie, Hannah has the genetic condition known as Treacher Collins Syndrome, affecting her tissue, her muscles and bones in her face.
13-Year-Old Nathaniel Newman Has Been Called the Real Life Story of a Character from Best-Selling Book and Forthcoming Movie, “Wonder”.
ABC Eyewitness News
A local family in New Jersey is celebrating the relief and hope given to them by the National Foundation for Facial Surgery. Defects that might shame a child – a crooked smile, bulging eyes or a missing ear – are all conditions that one in 700 children in America are born with. It happened to the Fernando Family, but instead of hiding their challenges, they are inspiring others.
The Patriot Ledger
Plymouth River is the first Massachusetts school to get a visit from MyFace, an organization that serves children living with congenital facial disfigurements. Students at Hingham’s Plymouth River Elementary have spent the year studying the book “Wonder,” a best-selling children’s novel about a fifth-grader living with Treacher Collins syndrome, but it took on a new meaning for many when a woman suffering from a similar condition — Ms Dina Zuckerburg — visited the school Friday.
Long Island Herald
A ‘Wonder’-ful day for Lynbrook North Middle School SC JOHNSON PROVIDES 9,000 COPIES OF ‘WONDER’ to local Students
After reading the book “Wonder,” which details the life of a boy with a facial deformity, and watching the film of the same name, students at Lynbrook North Middle School broke out into a variety of sessions to better understand living with a disability on Feb. 5.
In the band room, middle school students and nine fifth-graders from West End Elementary School’s No Place for Hate Committee listened to Dina Zuckerberg and Vera Eastman speak about myFace.
The Journal Times
A Downtown office building was a flurry of activity on Thursday afternoon as SC Johnson employees placed stickers on and packed more than 9,000 copies of the book “Wonder,” which are to be delivered to local students.
The books are scheduled to be handed out in mid-January to fourth- through eighth-grade students who attend Racine Unified schools, as well as parochial and independent schools east of Interstate 94.
People Now sat down with five “myFace kids” who have Treachers Collins syndrome, Van der Woode syndrome, Nager Syndrome, Goldenhar Syndrome and cleft lip and palate — to discuss their lives and how they deal with adversity. The kids, who age from 9 to 13, have all learned to deal with often rude questions from strangers about their condition. Often, they have to cope with bullying, but they have remained resilient through it all.
All in all, “Wonder” might shed light on how for children with craniofacial conditions and their families, social and emotional support have become an important part of medical treatment.
It’s become so important that Dr. Roberto Flores, a pediatric reconstructive surgeon at NYU Langone Health, said that a psychologist sits within his medical unit to provide those services to patients with facial differences. The nonprofit organization called myFace provides the support for that psychological expertise, he said…
NEW YORK POST
If there’s anyone who can weigh in on “Wonder,” the Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson film out Friday, it’s 12-year-old Hannah.
The spunky Long Islander was born with the same facial disfigurement as 10-year-old Auggie of the film, adapted from R.J. Palacio’s best-selling children’s novel. Wearing prosthetics, “Room” star Jacob Tremblay plays Auggie, who, after years of home-schooling, enters fifth grade wearing an astronaut’s helmet. When he finally does show his face, he relies on family, friends and his sense of humor to ward off bullying and rejection…
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R.J. Palacio, the best-selling author of Wonder, breaks down the inspiration behind it — and how she really feels about collaborating with Hollywood. In anticipation of the film adaptation’s release on November 17, Palacio answers questions from the fifth grade class of teacher Shannon Lekas’ fifth grade classroom. She talked all about her choices in the book, and why it means so much to her — and millions of readers at home.
Students learn about facial abnormalities and the meaning of empathy… Sixth- and seventh-graders gazed quietly at a glowing screen in South Side Middle School’s dark auditorium on Oct. 12 as children with craniofacial abnormalities explained the bullying and hurtful stares from others that they endure daily because of their appearance.
The importance of kindness is a critical topic in classrooms across Long Island throughout October. In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, dozens of schools have been hosting programs and activities designed to help children look out for one another and reject bullying.
Merrick Union Free School District
The valuable messages of empathy, acceptance and understanding differences were supported with an important assembly recently conducted at Levy Lakeside Elementary School by the myFace organization. Representatives from myFace, a nonprofit organization that creates awareness and helps improve the lives of people living with craniofacial conditions focused on celebrating uniqueness and always choosing to be kind.
Society of Actuaries
My daughter Samara, whom we affectionately call Sami, was born in April 2016 with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Having a child with a medical condition is difficult for any parent, but for me, as a health actuary, the experience was also fascinating, as I got a firsthand look at navigating the complicated world of health insurance.
NYU Langone Medical Center
Grant Establishes myFace Center for Craniofacial Care at the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone
NYU School of Medicine announced a $2 million grant from myFace, a nonprofit organization founded to assist those with facial disfigurement and a longtime benefactor of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery.
On Thursday night, guests lined up to watch 3-D animations of craniofacial surgeries. The demo was part of the annual gala for myFace, which supports patients at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone.
Guests at the benefit for myFace on Wednesday had a lesson in empathy when Broadway starlet Emerson Steele read the story of a girl with facial deformities who benefited from the non-profit’s support services. “I do eat some stuff with my mouth, but with my jaw being so small, it’s hard to eat like everyone else,” Steele read at Pier 60.
The Huffington Post
“Dealing with a child with such complex medical needs, and a rare condition to boot, leaves you feeling scared, lost, sad, frustrated, overwhelmed and alone,” says Fernando who adds that many times critical intervention was needed after surgeries to ensure Kiran lived. And she credits this to his team of doctors at the The myFace Center (formerly known as the IRPS) who expertly know how to deal with all phases of Kiran’s care.
Changing Faces and Transforming Lives: Why the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction (NFFR) Is So Cool
myFace provided patients with facial differences with the most state-of-the-art medical treatment while also offering excellent educational, family and psychological support. There’s even a rich psychosocial component. The Newman Family Support Center offers a wide range of family programs which greatly complement the medical treatment patients’ receive.
The Wall Street Journal
Laura Posada, the wife of former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, is stepping up to the plate to raise money for children in need of facial-reconstruction surgery.
Proceeds from the event went to myFace, a charity organization formerly known as the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction. Jorge Jr., 15, suffered from craniosynostosis, a condition affecting the growth of the skull in infants. He underwent numerous surgeries over the years, but has started playing baseball in Miami, where the Posadas reside.
11-year-old Nathaniel has a good solution. Each year, the Reno Nevada sixth-grader and his family write a start-of-the-school-year letter to his peers and teachers. It’s now a yearly tradition. “We include a picture of Nathaniel,” explains Nathaniel’s father. “It takes away some of the shock factor but more importantly affords parents an opportunity to discuss Nathaniel’s differences.”
The NY Daily News
A 3-year-old boy has a new face — and lease on life — after surgery for a rare genetic condition that caused him pain and humiliation. MyFace brought Maan and his parents to New York in May for his initial six-hour surgery with Staffenberg on June 4. The surgeon and his team had to move the bones in Maan’s forehead, eye sockets, nose and upper jaw all together as one unit. It’s a very dangerous surgery to begin with — made even more complicated by the fact that Maan is just 3 years old.
Days later I received a call from Dr. David Staffenberg, a craniofacial surgeon there, informing me that The myFace Center (formerly known as the IRPS) would do Maan’s surgery for free. I began looking for an organization that could help us, which is when I found MyFace, a non-profit organization that helps families whose children have facial deformities. MyFace helped us with everything from airfare to visas – they even helped us with our living arrangements. The only thing left was to leave India.