Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Signs on as “Beaming Sponsor”
We are very excited to announce Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital as the presenting (“Beaming”) sponsor of Cleft Smiles 5k. This generous sponsorship is a shining example of the support that Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital lends to the Houston community and beyond.
As one of the country’s largest pediatric hospitals, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has been serving the community for almost 30 years and is the primary teaching hospital for the pediatric and obstetrics/gynecology departments at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School. Their team of doctors, nurses, therapists and other allied healthcare professionals are focused on the specialized needs of women and children with an emphasis on quality, customer service and leading-edge research.
“It means so much to me to have this support from Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital,” says Leah Yeglin, Race Organizer, whose son, Jacob, underwent surgery for his cleft lip in August 2014 with the Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
“Of course, it’s beyond stressful when your baby needs surgery, but Dr. Teichgraeber and his team were professional, reassuring, and experienced, so I knew Jacob was in very good hands. The support from the entire team has gone well beyond the surgery; they are invested in ensuring that their patients thrive physically and emotionally. I feel very grateful that we had access to one of the best hospitals in the country.”
About the Cleft Smiles 5K – The Cleft Smiles 5K, founded in 2014, began in the Woodlands, Texas as a way for the local Houston community to give back to the cleft smile community. The inaugural run will be hosted on March 7th, 2015 at Rob Fleming Park, and all proceeds will benefit Operation Smile. For more, visit www.cleftsmiles5k.com.
About Operation Smile – Did you know that approximately one in every 700 children globally is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate? There is no known cause of this birth defect and babies born with clefts have twice the odds of dying before celebrating their first birthday. Children with cleft conditions who survive 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.
We are 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.