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

  • Child Welfare Foundation

    The American Legion's Child Welfare Foundation helped launch a Family and Public Awareness Program designed to facilitate discussion of challenges commonly experienced by craniofacial patients while offering guidance on how to deal with them. The program provides patient and public education materials designed to engage and inform both children and adults.

  • donor-bankers

    Thanks to Banker's Life and Casualty, Face the Future was able to direct support for an innovative new Family Outreach program designed to connect parents of craniofacial patients with each other and resources so they can better support their children in their rehabilitation.

  • donor-harris

    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.

  • donor-baxter

In the News

2014 Bike-a-Thon a Success

On an absolutely beautiful September morning, Face the Future supporters gathered on Navy Pier for our annual Bike-a-Thon. Thanks to Dee Bukorovic and the UI Health Surgical Services team, The Adair Group who donated t-shirts for the event and to all the participants – we nearly … Read More…

Bloomingdale’s Shopping Day October 18

On Saturday, October 18, you can help us support kids with craniofacial anomalies, diseases and injuries by doing something fun and easy – Shopping!

Come to any Chicagoland Bloomingdale’s location (900 N. Michigan, Medinah Home Store, Old Orchard) on October 18, make some purchases and take your receipt … Read More…

2014 Annual Bike-A-Thon

What a beautiful day for the annual Bike-A-Thon! Over $2,000 was raised and participants of all ages had a wonderful time.  Thank you to The Adair Group (www.theadairgroup.com) for their sponsorship of our Bike-A-Thon through their generous donations of T-shirts for the event.

Bike-A-Thon … Read More…