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July 28, 2017


What’s New: I am holding a fundraising event with Smile Train with a goal of $1K to be reached. Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. CLICK HERE if you’d like to donate.


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July 16, 2017


What’s New: Had a wonderful time reading to the kids at the UIC Craniofacial summer party today that was from 12-3. I picked a great spot under a tree in the shade to read Smile with Simon, as well as Simon and Buddy Branch. Face the Future Foundation supported this event. All the kids and adults had a great time!


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July 5, 2017


What’s New: Reflections from the CCA family retreat

It has taken me a few days to process everything I felt and saw. And, I still have a lot of processing to do.

As I write this reflection, I’m on my porch listening to birds chirping and watching a mama bird watch over her nest.

The CCA retreat was life changing. It taught me how resilient people are when they are faced with obstacles.

You could literally feel the love engulf the hotel during the entire retreat. I would walk through the lobby and I could feel this overwhelming energy that was so positive. It was a safe haven. A place where there was no judgement, no teasing or bullying, and no staring. It was simply magical.

I’d step into the elevator and would be greeted with broad smiles from the kids and parents.

I watched the talent show and had to hold back my tears. Each performer was so darn good! I watched as each brave child got up on stage in this huge ballroom to perform for the crowd. Each person was so gifted and talented. The kids had no fear. They were so proud and happy to perform. I looked around the room and saw parents cheering each child on. As the child sang or recited a poem they too were quietly saying the words in unison with the child. You could see how proud the parents and other retreat participants were.

The show, America’s Got Talent, should have been there-they would have seen so many gifted and talented kids!

The kids had so much fun-kicking a beach ball, dancing in the hallways, making new friends and seeing old friends. It was good old fun. Simple, pure fun.

And there was laughter. It filled the hotel. The energy was amazing.

Not only did the kids have an unforgettable time but the parents did as well. New friendships were developed and old ones were strengthened.

During the retreat, there was nothing else going on in the world. There was no reason to watch the news or pick up a newspaper. Nothing could or would break this love chain. Nothing negative was going to slip into this circle of love.


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I had no expectations of what I would get out of this retreat. I went totally unprepared for the feelings and emotions that flowed from my heart and head. When I say it was magical, it was! I was surrounded by loving angels. I met my heroes-they were at this retreat.

I talked with a woman who endured 101 surgeries and she is only 26 years of age. I saw kids that were missing ears, or were in wheelchairs. That didn’t stop them from having fun and participating in the events. They were unstoppable.

This retreat could only happen because of the support of CCA. Erica, Annie, CCA Board of Directors, all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this an unforgettable experience-thank you! It seems so inadequate to use the word, thank you. But please know that due to your selfless acts, so many lives were enriched beyond words. Beyond words!

Just as the mama bird watches over her babies in the nest, I know that CCA is doing everything it can to continue to have these remarkable yearly retreats. So looking forward to seeing everyone next year in Salt Lake City😍

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June 24, 2017 


What’s New: Book Launch Party!!!


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What a Day! Thanks so much to all of you for coming. I would not be here without you!!!

Don’t forget you can always Buy My Books to help our Facial Differences Community!


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