Our Superheroes

Our Superheroes

Great Strength Forged in Adversity

Families of children born with craniofacial anomalies face an intense and harrowing, 18- year journey. Face the Future Foundation is dedicated to helping improve the quality of life of these beautiful children.

When they are just three months old, our heroic kids must undergo their first surgeries, repairing cleft lips. At nine months, another surgery repairs their palate. At four, pharyngeal flap surgery and speech therapy help these young heroes speak normally. Bone grafts and surgical touch-ups dot their youth, punctuating their life with challenges undreamed of by their peers. While our kids worry about finishing high school and picking the best college, they are also receiving jaw and nose alignment surgeries and final treatments on their lip.

By the time they have finished their full course of treatment at the Craniofacial Center, our heroes have faced and overcome more adversity than many experience in a lifetime.

Through the amazing efforts of the Center’s staff and their own resolve, our kids emerge ready to face the world on their own terms. Every year, thanks to the astounding generosity of our donors, we give more than 5,000 Chicago-area kids the chance to live the normal life they deserve. By supporting Face the Future, you too can make their dreams a reality.

Featured Donors

  • Thank You to the Sage Foundation for your generous support of our 2016 A Night on the Nile Gala.

  • Thank You to the Henrietta Lange Burke Foundation for your generous support of our 2016 A Night on the Nile Gala.

  • Thank You to Cantalupo Charitable Trust for your generous support of our 2016 A Night on the Nile Gala.

  • BMO Harris has been a generous supporter of Face the Future since the foundation’s inception. They have underwritten the Annual Gala since 2007 as well as provided numerous volunteers for the event.

In the News

Lourdes Duarte of WGN Morning News to Emcee 2017 Gala

Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of the top-rated WGN Morning News from 4-6 a.m. and is one of WGN’s lead investigative reporters.

After getting her start as a freelance reporter for Telemundo-Chicago, Duar​te’s early career took her to Peoria, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; and Indianapolis, Indiana before resettling in Chicago … Read More…

Thank You to our President’s Award recipient Michelle Krage

Michelle Krage has served on the Face The Future Foundation (FFF) board for the past eight years. She developed the concept behind the annual UIC Craniofacial Center Patient Holiday Party and is its driving force. Each year Michelle manages the underwriting, production and execution of the … Read More…