BENEFITING: Smile Train, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Smile Train, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2016
I decided to run the NY Half marathon. This decision wasn't based on my love of running (side note: I hate running). I decided to run because I love Smile Train, an international children's charity dedicated to providing 100%-free cleft care for children in the developing world. As some of you may know, I've worked at Smile Train for the past two years. I never get tired of hearing testimonials of how Smile Train has improved the lives of children born with clefts. Many of these children who were once hopeless and abandoned are empowered by the cleft repair surgery that Smile Train provides.
I'm lucky enough to see photos of these children both before their repair surgeries and after their repair surgeries. I have to say the transformation begins with a smile but the results don't end there. In most of these photos you can see the child's demeanor change completely. Some of the children who were pictured crying in their before photos make silly and funny poses for their after photos. Their personalities shine through once they are no longer defined by a fixable deformity. This transformation is what I run for and what I'm asking you to support. Let's work together to create new smiles and give children born with clefts the opportunity to live full and productive lives!
Smile Train, Inc. wrote -
Smile Train is an international children's charity that provides free surgery to poor children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate. Children born with cleft cannot eat or speak properly, aren't allowed to attend school or hold a job and face very difficult lives of shame and isolation, pain and heartache. Some children are even abandoned or killed—all because of the way they look. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are too poor to afford the simple repair surgery that takes as little as 45 minutes and costs as little as $250 dollars. Yet with your help, we can save these children and give them the life changing surgery they both need and deserve. 80% of all money collected goes directly for surgery. Doctors in the countries where the children are being treated are trained in the techniques and monitored for the quality of their surgeries by experienced U.S. physicians so that children receive the best possible care.