I have decided to fundraise for Smile Train to help give smiles to children in need. Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Since 1999 Smile Train has performed over 1,500,000 surgeries throughout the world with over 1,100 partner hospitals in over 90 developing countries.
I was born with a cleft lip and palate. I have had 4 surgeries, all relating to the cleft, 5 years of braces, and 10 years of speech therapy. I am very grateful that I have received proper care for my cleft lip and palate. I am forever grateful for all of my doctors who have helped to give me my forever smile. I want to help give the gift of a forever smile to other kids born with clefts that might not be so lucky. Many children with the same condition that I was born with die before they reach their 20th birthday because they are not able to get a simple operation, costing only $250. Without this simple, but critical operation children with clefts have difficulties breathing, eating and speaking and are often outcast by society.
Since I have been so fortunate with the treatment that I have received throughout my life, I have decided to give back. I am doing this through an amazing organization; Smile Train. Please help me with my efforts in fundraising to help change the world, one forever smile at a time! :) Also...Check out my blog :)