Children born with craniofacial conditions face unique challenges. In addition to dealing with a complex medical condition that often includes enduring multiple surgeries and related health complications, they’re often picked on for looking different and can suffer from poor self-esteem, body image dissatisfaction, depression, social anxiety, isolation, social rejection, and discrimination.
To help paint these individuals in a different light and show the world their true beauty, artists at Philadelphia’s Studio Incamminati joined together with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Craniofacial Program and the Edwin and Fannie Gray Center for Human Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania to create “Face to Face: the Craniofacial Portrait Project.” The project seeks to help patients feel good about themselves while informing more people about craniofacial deformities and promoting acceptance.
In a recent Delaware County Daily Times article highlighting the portrait project, Bob Lytle, the father of CHOP patient Avery, shares how much this project meant to his daughter.
Watch a video about Face to Face to learn more about how this unique program is helping patients with craniofacial conditions.