Miles For Smiles
Every year 7,000 children are born with cleft lip and palate deformities. This seemingly minor abnormality can strip kids of something we all take for granted, our smiles. Many times these children not only have facial defects, they have trouble speaking, eating, hearing, breathing, and in in their dental growth. The solution to this problem is a simple surgery that can change someone’s life forever, the only issue is the prevalence of this complication in impoverished areas. To raise money to help these impaired children can change their life forever.
When I was in the third grade, I broke my two front teeth in half. I was playing on a merry-go-round with my sisters when my hands slipped. I fell and my teeth hit the metal handlebar. Such a mundane, ordinary act had devastated my third grade self, my smile which I had taken for granted for my whole life had been stripped away, similar to the cleft lip and palate patients, similar to my sister who suffered a severe cleft palate for her first years of life. This issue is very close to me and my goal is to make sure no other kid has to suffer the shame of a defected smile or face.
Soon after my fateful experience on that playground, I began to explore nature. I would walk through the forest where nobody could look at my smile of which I was embarrassed. These walks started small and eventually grew to multi day excursions. They made me reflect and become thankful for what I have, my feet, my legs, my smile.
This summer, I am thru-hiking the Vermont Long Trail. In support of those kids, who have had their smiled taken away. To help their cause I will be going the distance for Shriners children, to give unfortunate children the ability, and confidence to smile.
You can help too, by donating to my crowdrise page or spreading the word! Email a friend or share me on facebook.