RYAN VARGAS Raises Awareness
NASCAR Xfinity Series Racer Ryan Vargas
Born September 23, 2000, NASCAR Driver Ryan Vargas was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis, specifically Coronal-Synostosis (a premature fusion of one of the coronal sutures of his skull), which caused parts of his head to be flat, as well as a raised eye socket. In August 2001, Ryan underwent corrective surgery and now has his “lightning bolt” scar to show off for it!
At 19, Ryan used his scar as a sign of inspiration and hope for young children going through treatment for craniosynostosis. In 2019, leading into his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Iowa Speedway, he entered the weekend unsponsored. Ryan was inspired and decided to put a non-profit organization called Cranio Care Bears on the car for the race. Cranio Care Bears spread awareness, support, and compassion through loving care packages to families of children facing surgery for craniosynostosis. His inspiration led to an amazing amount of awareness and kindness.
Moving into 2020, Ryan is partnering with FACES: The National Craniofacial Association to continue to raise awareness for not only craniosynostosis, but also other craniofacial differences. FACES assists families who would otherwise be financially unable to take their child to major medical centers where specialized craniofacial teams can provide the safest and most advanced treatments for building a face and skull.