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Three-year-old Mary Cate is everything a little girl should be, but she will face a lifetime of challenges others could never imagine.

Mary Cate was born with Apert syndrome, a very rare craniofacial condition that affects her head, hands and feet.

Mary Cate will likely always look a little different. She has already undergone five surgeries in her young life to separate her fingers and toes and give her brain room to grow — and faces a lifetime of other operations.

But with her mom and dad leading the charge, she will have bright and happy future.

The family visits schools across Chicagoland, teaching students about Apert syndrome — And more importantly, about being kind.

For more information, you can visit their Web site and Facebook page.