CHAPEL HILL, N.C. / April 5, 2018 – The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is pleased to announce Tampa resident Drew Davis as the recipient of the ACPA Family Services Leadership Award for his outstanding work as a patient advocate and craniofacial community leader. The award will be presented during ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh in April.
The ACPA Family Services Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group, such as a parent, patient, advocate or community organization, who has demonstrated exceptional service and leadership on behalf of individuals with cleft or craniofacial anomalies.
This year’s recipient embodies this distinction through his commitment to spread awareness, teach kindness and promote acceptance. Born with Goldenhar Syndrome, Drew has undergone 48 different surgeries and procedures over the course of his life. Despite an at-times challenging path, Drew made it his life’s mission to turn his experience into a positive force to help others.
Utilizing his position as community outreach coordinator at the Florida Craniofacial Institute, Drew connects individuals in need of support and regularly engages with his local community. He created a ‘spread kindness’ movement, teaching and motivating children and young adults about facial differences. He has also worked with organizations at the local and the national levels, including the Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA) and Every Smile Has A Story, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing understanding and awareness for people with facial differences.
“Drew’s leadership and contributions within the cleft and craniofacial community are exemplary and we could not be more pleased to honor his character and hard work,” said Amelia F. Drake, ACPA President. “Although Drew may be humble, he is nothing short of extraordinary, single-handedly fostering change and making a lasting impact.”
ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting will bring together care providers, researchers, patient families, advocates and other leaders in the community for a five-day conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 10-14, 2018. Attendees will learn from colleagues across multiple disciplines, explore advances in research, clinical and team-driven care, and discuss new and old ideas with those experienced in the field. For more information or to register for ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting, please visit http://acpa-cpf.org/annual-meeting/.
To learn more about the association and cleft and craniofacial conditions, please visit acpa-cpf.org.
About the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association of interested individuals and health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. Since 1943, ACPA has worked to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. ACPA also provides information to affected individuals and families and seeks to educate the public about facial differences through its ACPA Family Services program. For more information, please visit acpa-cpf.org.