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Cleft and Craniofacial Center Patients Experience ‘Wonder’ Movie in Style

Seven fans of the novel-turned-movie “Wonder” were able to experience the movie’s opening today in Hollywood style thanks to the generosity of XanderLyn Salon in Scottsdale. The fans, who are also patients at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, were treated to a pampering session complete with haircuts and styles, makeup, and manicures.

Ranging in age from 11 to 22, these young men and women were born with different abnormalities of the face including Treacher Collins syndrome, the condition affecting the movie’s main character, August “Auggie” Pullman.

“Many of our patients are born with facial differences that require multiple surgeries, countless doctors’ appointments, and other ongoing therapies,” says Patricia Beals, DMD, co-director and craniofacial orthodontist at the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. “Not only are we celebrating the release of “Wonder” today, XanderLyn has given us the opportunity to remind this group of their beauty. Hopefully today will also help them and their families to build new friendships and support systems.”

Every artist at XanderLyn Salon donated their time and talent to make this day extra special for their new clients. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, XanderLyn Salon is a high-energy, full-service hair salon and beauty lounge that revolves around the science of beauty, as well as creativity, innovation, and collaboration.

“We loved the opportunity to work with Barrow and to have the chance to make today an exceptionally wonderful day for these incredible individuals. We are so lucky to inspire people to feel beautiful on the inside and out,” says XanderLyn Salon owner Gaby Miley. “As Auggie says in the book, everyone deserves a standing ovation; and, I think everyone deserves a little pampering now and then too.”

The real stars of the day, each patient gave signed “Wonder” movie posters to their design artists. Accompanied by family and friends, they went together to watch the new film following the makeovers at the salon.

“I’ve never done anything like this before, so it was really an amazing experience for me. I love the way they left my hair,” says Ashley Monjaras, 11, who had her hair styled and makeup done. Ashley was born with an extremely are condition called ablepharon-macrostomia syndrome. Just like Auggie, Ashley also started a new school for fifth grade this year. “I have read ‘Wonder’ and love the story. I’m so excited I get to see the movie now, especially with my hair curled so pretty.”

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