In many developing countries, one in every 600 children is born with a cleft lip or palate and will never be able to eat or speak properly. These children are often teased, tormented, or even abandoned by their own parents at birth. Most are unable to speak, eat, or drink properly.
For the past 10 years, Smiles for Lives has performed dozens of cleft lip and palate surgeries and implemented numerous medical education programs. Through partnerships with local governmental agencies, nonprofits, and hospitals, Smiles for Lives has given new life to these children by allowing them to live productive, fulfilling lives.
Patients receive treatment from the time they arrive at a hospital; they are provided a bed free of charge throughout their treatment: the initial evaluation, surgery, and post-surgical therapy. Most post-surgical therapy is provided free of charge. Smiles for Lives also provides state-of-the-art surgical simulation software and medical education grants to participating cleft care teams.
These life-changing surgeries are preformed in 45 minutes and cost as little as $250, thanks to support from physicians, participating institutions, and generous donors like you.
Smiles for Lives Read-A-Thon 2016
Each year, students and youth groups around the world contribute to Smiles for Lives' efforts through the annual Read-A-Thon.
Click here to find out how you and your group can participate and earn awesome prizes!
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Photos credits: The Smile Train