FACES Celebrates 5 Decades Of Changing Lives

Monday, July 8, 2019
The Cross family
The Cross family

FACES National Craniofacial Association originally began in 1969 as the Debbie Fox Foundation and is celebrating five decades of changing lives. FACES makes facial surgeries possible for kids here in Chattanooga, and across the nation by financially assisting patients and their families with travel costs for specialist care and surgeries. The organization also provides information to families and operates a summer camp specifically for kids with facial differences.

Debbie Fox, a young girl from Soddy Daisy, was born in 1955 with a facial cleft. When she was 14 years old, a surgeon at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Medical Center created a new face for her. Many people involved in Debbie’s care began thinking 'beyond the local horizon” and were interested in extending services to other children with like facial malformations. Her family and teacher, along with a group of physicians, lawyers, and philanthropists formed The Debbie Fox Foundation, now called FACES: The national Craniofacial Association, currently headquartered in Chattanooga.

Families and individuals have felt the positive impact of the FACES mission over the last 50 years. FACES has assisted families traveling to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, as well as those who must travel elsewhere. Recently, Zane, who is one year old, and his family were assisted with funding to travel to Philadelphia from their home state of Virginia for a series of surgeries to correct facial differences.

"I was 27 weeks pregnant when I found out that our son, Zane, was going to be born with Apert Syndrome/ Craniosynostosis," said Ashley Cross. "My husband is in the U.S. Navy, and I worked two jobs at the time, so that we could live a very comfortable life with my husband and our then 3-year-old, Hailey. Our plan all along was that I would still work after having baby number two.  After giving birth to Zane we soon realized that I wouldn’t be able to go back to work because Zane needed more attention than a babysitter or childcare could give him.  We were scared… what were we going to do?  We travel from South East (coastal) Virginia to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to get Zane to the specialized care he needs.  This is where FACES comes in.   When I received the first email from Kim Fox it was so warm and comforting.  They have helped us with our travel to Philadelphia and also a trip to Boston to have a second opinion.  They have also been a good source of someone to listen to our journey and giving me emotional support.  There isn’t enough ‘Thank yous’ in the world that I could give to FACES and those who work there!  You have been our light in some stressful times! Forever grateful!" 

More information about FACES can be found online at www.faces-cranio.org.

Zane in the hospital
Zane in the hospital

Austin Hatcher Foundation Offers Telemedicine And Health Services To Families In Need During The Spread Of COVID-19

Online COVID-19 Self-Testing Assessment Tool Now Available To The Public

Senator Perdue Says We Need Balance Between Protecting People And The Economy


Despite the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s Education Advancement Center being temporarily closed to aid in the prevention of COVID-19, foundation staff are still offering selected ... (click for more)

Individuals who are concerned about the coronavirus can now use a simple online assessment tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Microsoft to get some guidance. The self-testing ... (click for more)

U.S. Senator David Perdue on Wednesday presided over the ongoing debate and then spoke on the Senate floor about the “Phase Three” COVID-19 response bill and the need to stabilize the economy ... (click for more)




Living Well

Austin Hatcher Foundation Offers Telemedicine And Health Services To Families In Need During The Spread Of COVID-19

Despite the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s Education Advancement Center being temporarily closed to aid in the prevention of COVID-19, foundation staff are still offering selected services through telemedicine and health services. The foundation will monitor the situation and plans to reopen to families and visitors on April 13. Telemedicine is the practice ... (click for more)

Online COVID-19 Self-Testing Assessment Tool Now Available To The Public

Individuals who are concerned about the coronavirus can now use a simple online assessment tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Microsoft to get some guidance. The self-testing ‘bot’ (interactive software tool) asks users a series of questions to determine whether or not their symptoms merit further assessment for the virus. “Testing supplies remain limited ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Georgia Coronavirus Deaths Now At 79, Total Cases Is 2,446

Georgia state health officials said Saturday that 79 people in the state have died of the coronavirus. That total is up from 38 on Tuesday. The cases have climbed to 2,446 - up from 1,387 on Wednesday with a rapid spread around the Atlanta area. The Tuesday report showed 1,026 cases. It was at 800 on Monday. Officials said 660 have been hospitalized, which is 27 percent of ... (click for more)

McKamey Animal Center Grateful For Local Community Stepping Forward

McKamey Animal Center reported an enormous outpouring of foster and adoption support and is now asking those interested in fostering to be patient. "Thanks to our community's outstanding response, we’ve placed almost every adoptable pet into a home," said Jamie McAloon, executive director. "We are now in a safe zone and will be postponing any foster care appointments until April ... (click for more)

Opinion

Focus On Treating COVID-19, Not The Blame

Our novice senator needs a lesson in first responder process. The house is on fire and she has run off to find who brought the matches. There will be plenty of time to do this hunt of witches. Now is the time to focus on what the whole of Tennessee needs from the good senator. That being hospitals, care facilities and health departments having the tools and supplies they need ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: And Now Horror Begins

CNN’s famed newsman Wolf Blitzer repeatedly hammered New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell in a live interview on Thursday for not cancelling this year’s Marti Gras carnival. It is widely believed that Mardi Gras, which brings an estimated 1.4 million revelers into the city, will be the reason that Louisiana will soon become the new epicenter for the deadly and very swift coronavirus. ... (click for more)