Hannah Storm is best known as an award-winning journalist, producer-director, published author, anchor of ESPN’s Sports Center and as one of the first women pioneers to reach national prominence in the field of sports journalist.
But what few people know about this beautiful celebrity is that she was born with a port wine stain birthmark beneath her left eye, and that as a child, she required reconstructive surgery for the disfiguring birthmark.
Hannah’s early challenges led her start the Hannah Storm Foundation, which has teamed up with the non-profit Caring for Kids awareness campaign of The Plastic Surgery Foundation. The goal of the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons is to make sure that all children who are born with birth defects get the medical and surgical care they need.
FACTS &STATS ON BIRTH DEFECTS FOR CHILDREN IN THE U.S.:
• Every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect.
• Each year, 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate and 4,440 babies
are born with a cleft lip every year
• 1 in every 964 children is born with a cleft lip
• Isolated orofacial clefts, or clefts that occur with no other major birth
defects, are one of the most common types of birth defects
Hannah joined The Rhode Show Thursday, October 30 to share her personal story helping Caring for Kids.