Different Directions

Different Directions

Smile Train

I grew up realizing how painful it was for my mother to smile, how self conscious she was about her teeth, and how it made her feel less respected, accepted, and embraced.

Mom grew up in the High Sierras, a logging operation where her father was a train engineer, a certain high-tech job of its time, but remote and isolated from medical help and intervention.

One day when playing with her sister, she was clothes-lined while running down hill and most of her top teeth were torn out of her mouth. Being in the mountains and away from medical care, my grandmother pushed mom's teeth back into her mouth, as best she could, and while blessed that they took hold and healed, they were always snaggle-toothed and gaped.

So, I know first hand how such a simple disfigurement directly affected my mother's behavior, but I can in no way comprehend the devastating effects of a cleft, but I do have a small understanding....

So, please join with me, my family and friends, to support the efforts of Smile Train to relieve the suffering of children of cleft deformities. If only a few dollars, it all helps.

Thank you. I grew up realizing how painful it was for my mother to smile, how self conscious she was about her teeth, and how it made her feel less respected, accepted, and embraced.

Mom grew up in the High Sierras, a logging operation where he father was a train engineer, a certain high-tech job of its time, but remote and isolated from medical help and intervention.

One day when playing with her sister, she was clothes-lined while running down hill and most of her top teeth were torn out of her mouth. Being in the mountains and away from medical care, my grandmother pushed mom's teeth back into her mouth, as best she could, and while blessed that they took hold and healed, they were always snaggle-toothed and gaped.

So, I know first hand how such a simple disfigurement directly affected my mother's behavior, but I can in no way comprehend the devastating effects of a cleft, but I do have a small understanding....

So, please join with me, my family and friends, to support the efforts of Smile Train to relieve the suffering of children of cleft deformities. If only a few dollars, it all helps.


Thank you.

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About Smile Train

The Smile Train is the world’s leading cleft charity with thousands of partners and programs in 75 of the world’s poorest countries.  

Mission:

Our mission is to help the more than 4.7 million children in developing countries who are suffering with unrepaired clefts, through free surgery and free training for doctors.

Strategy:

The Free Surgery and related treatment that we sponsor is performed by a local medical team in a local hospital in a developing country.  This “teach a man to fish” strategy builds in-country capacity while helping very poor but very proud communities become self-sufficient, one smile at a time.  For as little as $250 and in as little as 45 minutes, we can provide cleft surgery that gives a child not just a new smile, but a new life.

Our Track Record:

The Smile Train is helping hundreds of children every single day through its network of over 12,00 partner hospitals in 75 countries. Now in its tenth year, The Smile Train will help its 500,000th child and will not stop until every child with a cleft, no matter where they live or how poor they are, has been helped.

 
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