Kids With Craniofacial Anomalies Get the Star Treatment at UNC
Staff, faculty, and students from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry organized Craniofacial Cheer Day, offering a special experience for patients with craniofacial differences. Piggybacking on UNC’s Carolina Cheer Day, dedicated to youth cheerleading, the craniofacial group spent a day with UNC Spirit Program Team Coach Brown Walters. Coordinated through student involvement with the Magical Moments Foundation, Catherine Bingham, DDS, ‘26, connected the dental school’s patients with craniofacial anomalies with the coach, creating a unique experience. Coach Brown taught the kids the official Carolina Cheer and they attended band practices and met the Cheer team and Rameses, the ram mascot. Patients participated in the victory walk and welcomed the football team at the Belltower, performing the routine on-field during halftime. Jessica Hill, clinic manager for craniofacial and specialty care, highlighted the positive impact on patients’ confidence and the sense of community built through such outings. The initiative aims to foster relationships among craniofacial patients and families facing similar experiences. Click here to read more.