Race Organizer Leah Yeglin Cuts Ribbon With First Registration
In a metaphorical ribbon-cutting for the opening of registration for the Cleft Smiles 5K Family Fun Run/Walk on behalf of Operation Smile, event organizer Leah Yeglin has opened up with the first official registration.
“My son, Jacob, was born with a cleft lip and we have been blessed to receive world-class medical care,” Yeglin said of her inspiration. “Through this journey, I have come to realize how many cleft-affected children are not as fortunate, and how deeply these issues can affect their lives.”
All proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Smile, an organization dedicated to healing cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities for underprivileged children around the world.
October 3rd is “World Smile Day,” a holiday created by Harvey Ball in 1963. Ball, credited as the inventor of the smiley face, on the premise of bringing smiles to the world. It is fitting, then, that registration for the Cleft Smiles 5k officially opens on World Smile Day to share this mission with Mr. Ball.
In honor of World Smile Day, we are asking our fans to Tweet (@cleftsmiles5k) or tag on Facebook (@Cleft Smiles 5K) a picture of their smile to help raise awareness for this tragic, but curable, condition.