Navigation Links
Towson Student Wins Courage Award, Turns Facial Differences Into Positive Tool
Date:10/28/2008

Honored at American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting

CHICAGO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Erin Hope Williams, a Baltimore native born with a rare congenital deformity who turned her differences into a positive teaching tool, will be the proud recipient of the 2008 Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity Award, at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2008 conference, Saturday, November 1, in Chicago.

The Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity program honors reconstructive plastic surgery patients, nominated by their ASPS Member Surgeons, whose lives were restored through reconstructive plastic surgery and whose charitable actions influence and benefit the lives around them. The award is supported by Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company.

"Erin has taken a facial abnormality and used it as a positive influence," said Craig Dufresne, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon. "She continues to grow and become an outstanding example of how someone can excel despite what would appear to be overwhelming odds."

Erin Williams was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by craniofacial deformities and underdeveloped ears, eyes and mouth. She has undergone 50 surgeries, most recently in March, to reconstruct her eyes, ears, chin and cheeks.

Despite the constant interruption from school, extracurricular activities and her everyday life that undergoing numerous operations presented, Williams excelled at school, vigorously pursued her love of the arts, theater and dance, and turned her disability into a teaching tool. She passionately lectures to schools, students and teachers about her condition and what it has meant to her. Additionally, Williams works with special needs children at the Ridge Ruxton School in Towson. While pursuing all these interests, Williams is a 22-year-old special education major with a 3.8 GPA at Towson University scheduled to graduate in May, 2009.

"I have lived my life the way I would hope anyone in my situation would," said Williams. "I chose to enjoy my life, live it to the fullest and not give in to what some people may see as a disability."

More than 80,000 people underwent maxillofacial surgery in 2007, according to ASPS statistics.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 6,700 physician members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. NPR, Harris Corporation and Towson University Launch Global Effort To Make Radio Accessible to Hearing and Sight Impaired
2. The Largest and Most Comprehensive College Dating and Sex Survey Uncovers Surprising Behaviors of Students In and Out of the Bedroom
3. Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired Celebrates Opening of New Student Dormitory
4. The Lanier Law Firm Announces Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Rice University, Former Coach, NCAA, Others in Students Sickle-Cell Death
5. College Students Seek Healthcare Solutions on Eve of Debate
6. Big Tobaccos Grip on Colleges and Students Loosens, But Still Holding Strong: New Report Examines Trends on Campuses
7. Survey: Tanorexia common among university students
8. ReachMD, LLC Announces New Strategic Partnership With The American Medical Student Association
9. Study reveals gap in HIV testing knowledge among college students
10. AMA Foundation Presents the Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship to Promising Medical Student From Southeast Alaska
11. Suicidal thoughts among college students more common than expected
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... The new knee compression sleeves ... to buy neoprene knee sleeves for lifting and any sport that requires ... on two main aspects to provide a higher quality knee sleeve performance. Firstly it ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... , ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... today that they have teamed up with The American College of Surgeons (ACS) ... ACS’s Committee on Trauma, the “Bleeding Control Basic” course is a pilot program ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 03, 2016 , ... ... and many more tools allowing FCPX editors to create professional looking video in ... , Perfect Harmony contains a beautifully designed 3D environment for placing in ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 04, 2016 , ... "Pro3rd Displace ... animation styles with unique displacement design elements," said Christina Austin - CEO of ... Choose from a variety of design styles that include both left aligned and ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Halfway through its partnership with First 5 LA, Western University ... than 15,900 children 5 years old and younger and treatment services to more than ... of five years to Western University of Health Sciences, UCLA and USC, beginning March ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2016)... M ichael ... Chairman   Mission Therapeutics, a drug discovery ... to treat cancer, neurodegenerative and other diseases, announces that Dr ... effective January 1 st 2017. Dr Colin Goddard ... Director in July 2015. Michael Moore , Mission,s Founder ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... DIEGO , Dec. 3, 2016 Johnson & ... on behalf of purchasers of Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ... 7, 2016 through October 31, 2016 (the "Class Period"). ... designs, manufactures, and markets orthopaedic reconstructive products, such as knee ... ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... 2016  Results from the Phase II SUSTAIN study ... reduced the median annual rate of sickle cell-related pain ... 2.98, p=0.010) in patients with or without hydroxyurea therapy ... being featured in the official press briefing at the ... Meeting and presented during the Plenary Scientific Session tomorrow ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: