American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Hosts ‘Wonder’ Screening Event in Durham November 19

Alyssa KirkmanACPA News, Awareness, Family Services

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. / October 23, 2017 – The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is hosting a special screening event for the major motion picture Wonder on November 19 at Southpoint AMC Theater in Durham. The festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by a brief program and feature film screening.

The movie, which stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, is based on the New York Times bestseller book written by R.J. Palacio about Auggie, a boy born with a facial difference. The story follows the boy’s journey as he starts 5th grade, entering public school for the first time, and shares valuable lessons of compassion and acceptance.

“This film presents a rare opportunity to raise awareness about facial differences and related human experiences on a big stage, and to share the stories of the individuals, families and physicians in our community,” said Wendy-Jo Toyama, ACPA executive director. “We are excited to see this powerful story come to life on the screen and hope it will spark a greater dialogue around understanding and kindness.”

Facial differences like Auggie’s in Wonder may be related to craniofacial syndromes or may happen with no known cause. Cleft lip and palate is the most common facial difference and occurs when tissue in the baby’s upper lip or roof of the mouth does not join together completely during pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cleft lip and palate affects about 7,000 babies annually in the U.S.

The Wonder event will be held Sunday, November 19, at 2:30 p.m. at Southpoint AMC Theater, 8030 Renaissance Parkway, in Durham. Tickets are $8 per person and will benefit ACPA’s programs. Tickets can be purchased online at Seats are limited.

This event is made possible by donations and sponsorships from Dr. Amelia F. Drake, Dr. Lauren A. Kilpatrick, First Citizens Bank and A Better Image Printing.

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