Thursday, July 11, 2013

The shortest distance between two people is a smile!

I love to smile. With a smile comes a genuine happiness that cannot be attained in any other way. Everyone’s smile is special and unique. The ability to smile itself is a blessing.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft birth defect. 1 in 10 of those children will die before their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. These are all things we take for granted. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. In most cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a productive life. I firmly believe that every child deserves to have a future filled with hope and smiles.

Aside from smiling, I also love to run. This summer, I’ll be running for a cause- plenty of miles to provide smiles. I am running an Ultra Marathon on August 17 for my favorite charity, Operation Smile. This event is only a month away! Operation Smile is an international charity that heals children with the cleft birth defect.  By the end of this summer, my goal is to raise $3,000 in hopes of helping these children in need. That’s enough to perform surgeries on 12 underprivileged children! For as little as $240, you can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. This surgery takes as little as 45 minutes, but can change a child's life forever.

I can only achieve this with your help. Please follow the link below to donate!

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” -Mother Teresa

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