Smile Train Half Marathon 2017

Smile Train Half Marathon 2017 Photo

The Story

EVENT DATE: Mar 19, 2017

DEADLINE TO GIVE: Mar 06, 2017

Smile Train is an international children's charity that provides free surgery to poor children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate. Children born with cleft cannot eat or speak properly, aren't allowed to attend school or hold a job and face very difficult lives of shame and isolation, pain and heartache. Some children are even abandoned or killed—all because of the way they look. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are too poor to afford the simple repair surgery that takes as little as 45 minutes and costs as little as $250 dollars. Yet with your help, we can save these children and give them the life changing surgery they both need and deserve. 80% of all money collected goes directly for surgery. Doctors in the countries where the children are being treated are trained in the techniques and monitored for the quality of their surgeries by experienced U.S. physicians so that children receive the best possible care.