Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Every Child Deserves to Smile

It was an honor to recently be asked by Development Director, Wendy Rothstein, of the Carolina's Chapter of Operation Smile to participate in 2011's Dancing with the Carolina Stars.

It is my goal to exceed the $5000.00 that I have been challenged to raise. . . with your help.

"Operation Smile is a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate."

Please help me spread the word by tweeting (@dhatfield @operationsmile), tagging me and Operation Smile in Facebook posts - share this in emails and blog posts with a link back to my donation page.

Every donation counts. You can donate as little as 10.00 or as much as you want.

Want to come to the event? Tickets are on sale now!

Every child deserves to smile.

Take a moment to learn about how important your donation is. Visit Operation Smile's Patient Stories Page and remember that their work impacts lives of local children as well.

:: Here is an excerpt from this page ::

Patient Stories

Lives transformed in as little as 45 minutes.

Children who are born with cleft lip or cleft palate are faced with challenges many of us cannot ever imagine. Many have difficulty eating, speaking or even smiling and in some parts of the world, they are hidden away, kept from socializing, attending school or playing an active role in their community.

Operation Smile reverses this in less than an hour. Our volunteers work tirelessly to help these children have a bright and hopeful future. Throughout the world, more than 150,000 children have experienced this transformation, and a few of their stories are told here.

Abdukerim Before

Fowz loved her son, but knew she could never afford the surgery to mend his smile. She worried that he would be bound to a life of shame and isolation.

Adel's speech was so hindered by his cleft palate, his mother was worried his teacher would not graduate Adel to the first grade.

Ammulu was born with a severe facial deformity that made eating and drinking difficult.

Thanks to friends like you, Angel received a new smile and was spared the taunts and rejection that facial deformities bring. Now his future looks bright and filled with opportunity.

One of 160 children healed on a Barinas, Venezuela, mission

Unable to afford surgery, Binh's parents were distraught. Then they heard about Operation Smile’s new Comprehensive Care Center in Hue.