Congratulations to Michael Cox, Jr. (James Madison Univ) and Anna Grishaw (Sewanee Univ) - both received the 2013 Katie Higgins Memorial Scholarship!

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Last Updated June 16, 2015

Michael's Story
We found out by surprise that we were going to have another baby, then got another surprise...
Ashley's Story
Hi, my name is Ashley. I am three years old and was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate.

Virginia Smiles, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2002 to provide an essential link between families who are touched by cleft lip and/or cleft palate and the medical community that serves these patients.

Virginia Smiles is sad to report the sudden death of Katie Higgins, who was the first recipient of the Virginia Smiles College Scholarship. After receiving the scholarship, Katie achieved her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University, then went on to work as a Social Worker for Western State Hospital. She enjoyed helping others and working with children. In her memory, the Virginia Smiles Scholarship has been renamed the Katie Higgins Memorial Scholarship.

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    2015 Virginia Smiles Picnic
    Saturday, July 18, 2015
    3:30pm til dusk
    North Park Shelter
    800 Bridge Avenue
    Waynesboro, Virginia 22980

    Food, Families, Fun and Games!

    Meet the recipient of the
    2015 Katie Higgins Memorial Scholarship!

    To RSVP, please email the number in your
    party to

    Catered by Sooner BBQ
    Desserts and donations are welcome!

    2014 Katie Higgins Memorial Scholarship
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    *If you are a parent of a child-to-be, or a newborn with a cleft lip/cleft palate, please CLICK HERE to read a special message from the Virginia Smiles Board of Directors.

    * In 2009, Virginia Smiles distributed to all birthing hospitals in Virginia Pigeon Feeders, DVDs of the video from the Cleft Palate Foundation, called "Feeding an Infant with a Cleft," and information about the Infant Toddler Connection of Virginia, Craniofacial Teams in Virginia from the Cleft Palate Foundation, and information from Cleft Advocate. Virginia Smiles is continuing this effort and will be sending SpecialNeeds® Feeders (formerly called Haberman Feeders) to all birthing hospitals in Virginia. To be part of this effort, contact

    *Virginia Smiles hosted a family picnic July 2010, a laser tag social in September 2010, and will be hosting an ice-skating social in the winter of 2011. For more information, contact

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