Looking at life through the eyes of a Wonder

Sam discusses how having Treacher-Collins Syndrome affected his childhood.

Sam Drazin discusses how having Treacher-Collins Syndrome affected his childhood.

Sam Drazin doesn’t just want to raise awareness. He wants to raise acceptance.

He has Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects how his facial bones and tissues developed. Because of it, he suffered from hearing loss and had to brave several facial reconstructive surgeries.

But it didn’t stop him. He became a teacher and founded Changing Perspectives, an organization that promotes understanding and empathy.

He spoke at our Main Branch on Monday, and he encouraged the audience to think of their own precepts—that is, rules to live by.

Here were some of their suggestions:

  • Friendship is like a flower, it you take care of it, it will bloom.

  • Be the rainbow in a black and white world.

  • If you find you are being unkind, rewind.

We thank Sam for visiting us, sharing his positivity, and encouraging everyone to revisit their perspective and precepts.

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