DENVER (CBS4) – Everyone walks a different path in life, but very few have a similar story to Dr. Francis Joel Smith. He was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a condition which develops during pregnancy and affects facial formation.

(credit: Francis Joel Smith)

Smith’s birth parents gave him up for adoption. Two parents, who taught him about faith and believing in himself, adopted Smith.

Francis Joel Smith (credit: CBS)

His recently released book about his life outlines the challenges he has faced and overcome with tenacity. He is now an PhD Scientist at CU Anschutz, a world renowned speaker and excellent musician. Find his book, “Wonderfully Made” written alongside Michelle DuBroy on Amazon here, or at Tattered Cover bookstores in the Denver Metro area.


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