Dawn Shaw, The Power of Choice

Location: Hall of Letters 100, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Diversity Initiatives

Dawn Shaw

When Dawn was born, she could barely breathe. A rare, fast-growing tumor, called a teratoma, was interfering with her windpipe, and she was rushed off for an immediate tracheostomy. The eventual complete removal of the teratoma permanently altered the left side of her face, leaving her with misaligned jaws, hearing loss, and paralysis. But that hasn’t stopped her from living a fulfilling life and creating confidence in others. She credits her parents for taking her out into the world, exposing her to many places and people, rather than hiding her away. She came to not only learn to live with the stares and taunts of others, but recognize her value as a human being. She also came to understand that the choices she made about how to live with her facial difference impacted her outlook on life.