Stacy Keach to Visit Craniofacial Center at Children's Hospital

Stacy Keach was born with a cleft lip and partial cleft of the hard palate on June 2, 1941, and became an accomplished actor, winning a Golden Globe for “Best Actor,” three Obie Awards, and the Millennium Recognition Award for outstanding contribution to classical theatre.


WHAT: Actor Stacy Keach will meet with Craniofacial Center patients and their families to speak about his personal experience of being born with a cleft lip and palate, and urge parents to build self-esteem in their children, regardless of their differences. Michael Cunningham, MD, PhD, director of the Craniofacial Center, will be on hand to discuss the challenges facing children born with craniofacial abnormalities, the latest medical advancements in treating these conditions, and the services available at the Craniofacial Center.

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center
4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Meet at Train Entrance

Stacy Keach was born with a cleft lip and partial cleft of the hard palate on June 2, 1941, and became an accomplished actor, winning a Golden Globe for “Best Actor,” three Obie Awards, and the Millennium Recognition Award for outstanding contribution to classical theatre. While his parents could pay for the surgeries required to treat these conditions, Mr. Keach hopes to raise awareness about the number of children affected by cleft lip or palate each year whose families cannot afford treatment. Mr. Keach is active in the cleft palate community and has served as the Honorary Chair of the Cleft Palate Foundation since 1994, and as spokesperson for the World Craniofacial Foundation.

Children’s Craniofacial Center offers complete diagnosis and long-term management for children born with craniofacial abnormalities. This includes children born with cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis and other complex craniofacial conditions. The Craniofacial Center’s 40-member multidisciplinary team has provided comprehensive continuity of care for this patient population since the program was established in 1980.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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