A Reason to Smile

Last Christmas, the main gift I gave to my mom was a donation to her favorite charity. She chose to have me donate to The Smile Train, an organization dedicated to bringing what is a relatively cheap and easy procedure of fixing cleft lips and palates to poor areas throughout the world where access to this procedure–so far out of reach to the poorest of the poor–can make all the difference in a little person’s future.

The Smile Train has a record of having been able to accept every single applicant who has applied for this procedure thanks to donations received.

I think it is pretty cool.

And I’d like to introduce you to Galo, a big-eyed little guy from Argentina whose surgery was partially funded by Mom’s Christmas gift:




Galo was 8 months old at the time of the surgery so he’s probably a year by now. Probably he’s walking. Probably  he’ll be talking soon. Thanks to such a simple surgery.  Thanks to that, he’ll have a normal life ahead of him.

If that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what does.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. natalie
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 00:27:14

    beautiful! what a great idea.


  2. The Mom
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 11:03:33

    Brings tears of joy to my eyes and heart.


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