Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy.

Maurice Sendak

What if you gave birth to a child with a rare genetic defect? Would you let nature take its course or would you do all you could to give your child a normal life? Recent medical advances are saving the lives of children born with Apert Syndrome, but to live a normal life one must look normal and this is where the journey of Torey's Distraction begins.

Filmed over a period of 10 years, the film follows Torey, Emily and Saige - all children born with Apert Syndrome - a rare genetic condition that causes craniofacial anomalies and skeletal mutation. Blood's directorial debut provides an intimate glimpse into the transforming powers of science, family, humor, hope and compassion.

What can I do to help?

From the beginning this was the response immediately after each screening of the film. As a result we created the Torey’s Distraction Fund.

The mission of Torey’s Distraction Fund is to help children with craniofacial anomalies attain the best medical care possible by helping to pay for travel expenses for surgeries and medical consultations with the most qualified and experienced physicians available, help fund medical research and studies in the field of craniofacial anomalies, send children with Craniofacial Anomalies to the Annual Children's Craniofacial Association Retreat, and increase awareness of what it means to live everyday with a craniofacial anomaly.

All donations are tax deductible.

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tisha blood

TISHA BLOOD is a Texas based filmmaker. TOREY’S DISTRACTION is her debut feature documentary. TOREY’S DISTRACTION has won Best Documentary and the Audience Award at the New Orleans Film Festival, Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival, Official Selection at the Da Vinci Film Festival, Official Selection at the 41st Annual USA Film Festival, and Official Selection at AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Blood’s film also received a film grant from The Women in Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund.

Prior to her work on TOREY’S DISTRACTION she produced several 35mm short films that have screened both nationally and internationally from Slamdance in Park City to Raindance in London.

Tisha Blood is a principal Casting Director at BUFFALO CASTING, a full service commercial and film casting company she founded in 1997.

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