Official Launch of Cleft Smiles 5k
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS: Cleft Smiles 5k today announced the inaugural Cleft Smiles 5k Family Run/Walk which will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands, Texas.
All proceeds from this event will benefit Operation Smile, an organization that provides free cleft surgeries to children in some of the poorest areas of the world— healing smiles, bringing hope for a better future, and saving children’s lives.
Approximately one in every 700 children globally is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Children with cleft conditions frequently have difficulty eating, speaking, hearing or breathing properly. In many parts of the world, children with cleft lips and cleft palates are hidden away, too embarrassed to attend school and face uncertain futures because their parents cannot afford to provide the surgery they need. Every child deserves the ability to smile and a chance to thrive. Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity, dedicated to raising awareness of this life-threatening issue and providing lasting solutions that allow children to be healed, regardless of financial standing. In as little as 45 minutes, and for only $240, an Operation Smile team can change a child’s smile – and life – forever.
Cleft Smiles is a group of families and friends of children who were born with cleft lips and palates. We have joined together to raise awareness for cleft-related birth defects and to support Operation Smile’s mission to mobilize a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.
The event is spearheaded by Leah Yeglin, a resident of The Woodlands and mother of a child, Jacob, born with a cleft lip. “I feel so fortunate that we have access to world-class medical care. Through this journey, I have come to realize how many cleft-affected children are not as fortunate, and how deeply these issues impact their lives.”
For more information, to register for Cleft Smiles 5k Family Run/Walk, or to donate, please visit www.cleftsmiles5k.com.