In the late 1960's, FACES: The National Craniofacial Association began as the Debbie Fox Foundation. Debbie, a young girl from Soddy Daisy, TN, was born in 1955 with a facial cleft.
Debbie saw many doctors and surgeons, but in 1969 Dr. Milton Edgerton, a surgeon at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Medical Center, agreed to build a face for Debbie.
Debbie's teacher Madge Apple started the foundation to help pay for Debbie's travel expenses to Baltimore. In her memoir, Debbie said, "Much later, Mrs. Apple told me that she pushed me and drove me so hard because she knew, even then, that I had a future." Madge Apple proved the impact that a teacher could have in her student's life.
Debbie truly believed in her life's purpose: "Whatever path I choose, I know that God would want me to serve and give to others..."
The foundation created on Debbie's behalf grew, underwent a few name changes, and began to benefit children and adults from all over the United States. In 1997 the organization officially became FACES: The National Craniofacial Association.
Our ServicesFACES: The National Craniofacial Association is a non-profit organization serving children and adults throughout the United States with severe craniofacial differences resulting from birth defects, injuries, or disease. There is never a charge for any service provided by FACES. Our service goals address three distinct areas:
- Client Travel
- Public Awareness and Understanding
- Information and Support
Out of every 1000 babies born in the U.S., 1 to 2 will have craniofacial disorders. Parents of these babies need somewhere to turn for valuable information and support. For over 49 years, FACES: The National Craniofacial Association has been there. Thank you for helping FACES as we provide needed services to these families!
FACES assists families who would otherwise be financially unable to take their child to major medical centers where specialized craniofacial teams can provide the safest and most advanced treatments for building a face and skull.
Assistance in locating treatment centers…
FACES maintains information on specialized surgical centers. Although FACES does not refer clients to specific hospitals or doctors, we do provide valuable information so that each family can make an informed decision.
Clearinghouse of information on craniofacial disorders...FACES works diligently staying abreast of the latest research & resources available concerning all types of craniofacial conditions.
Education and public awareness…FACES produces newsletters, informational packets, and an ever-changing web site in an effort to increase public awareness of craniofacial disorders. Let us speak to your group!
Support groups…FACES helps to alleviate the emotional isolation that is often felt by patients and families by connecting them with others sharing a similar medical situations.
Want to know more about financial assistance? Contact our client relations manager, Ava, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Fox, President
Kim discovered FACES around 2005 while working as a graphic designer at The Print Shop. She was assigned to design a new FACES' brochure and in the process fell in love with FACES and its mission. It wasn't long before Kim helped FACES start a motorcycle ride in Chattanooga, TN. A year or so later she was invited to join FACES Board of Directors. She always found it quite amusing that a bluejeaned clad, motorcycle riding woman would be on the Board of Directors of FACES, but it all worked perfectly. In 2012 Kim became the Program and Communications Director, and in January 2019 Kim became FACES President. Kim's passion for people with differences of all kinds makes her the perfect match for the job.
Ava Rymer, Communications Director.
Ava discovered FACES when her mother created a mask for FACES UnMasked in 2012, and Ava was attending college in Knoxville. Soon after graduating with a Marketing Degree from the University of TN in Knoxville, she moved back to Chattanooga where she worked in customer service and pursued her passion in photography. Ava has always wanted to be in a position to help others, so when the opportunity to intern at FACES came along she could not say no. As an intern, Ava fell in love with the mission of FACES, and it was only natural for her to move into the Communications Director position in January 2019 where she could use her creativity and marketing knowledge to help FACES grow.
This organization and people involved with it are AMAZING! They helped us so much not only financially but always so kind and caring. They really cared about our daughter Bailie. The burden of wondering how we were going to pay for another trip out of town was lifted because of them! They were definitely a gift from God for us!
Dear Friends of FACES,
Do you have any idea what your donation to FACES really does? I can only speak for our family, but it gives us a peace of mind. IT allows us to travel far from home to a facility that is in our opinion, second to none. It allows us to be seen by a surgeon who is top in his field and is a great teacher of incredible procedures. Your donations bring miracles to life. Looking at photos of our little girl early on and seeing her today, humbles us beyond words, and although there are many people responsible for her greatness-it starts with you.
The Adams Family (yes, our real names) Michael, Jackie, Elizabeth, and Madeline