No condition impacts the body and the spirit as equally as facial difference. No condition distorts appearance as it impedes the basic functions a child needs to thrive. A bulky hearing aide, a breathing tube, and muffled speech can shame a child as much as a crooked smile, bulging eyes or a missing ear. In America alone, one in 700 children is born with an oro-facial cleft. One in 1600 is born with facial asymmetry, a missing ear, jaw deformities, or a defect of the skull, nerves or facial bones.
The NFFR was founded in 1951 to address the medical and emotional plight of those with facial difference by assuring them access to the comprehensive and highly personalized team care at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. For 61 years, the NFFR has supported state-of-the-art patient care, research to discover less invasive procedures, and education to create a future cadre of physicians dedicated to reconstructive plastic surgery. It is NFFR’s support, together with the donated surgical time and services of its doctors for our many families that live at or below the poverty level that has allowed over 61,000 patients to enjoy more integrated and satisfying lives.
Established in 1951, the NFFR is recognized as a 501c3 organization by the IRS and all donations are tax exempt to the fullest extent.