Smile Train and Rebecca Herbst – Changing Lives one Smile at a Time
December 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment
An organization of people who care deeply for humanity
By Valerie Milano
Actress Rebecca Herbst Supports Smile Train’s Seasons Of Smiles Campaign
Hollywood, CA (Hollywood Today
) 12/14/2012 – “I was so impressed with the organization and so amazed that it only cost $250 to give a child a smile…it’s going to give a child a new life.” – Rebecca Herbst (Guiding Light) speaking with Hollywood Today about why she became a supporter of Smile Train
. Founded in 1999, the non-profit organization operates in nearly 80 countries providing free cleft lip and palate surgeries to children whose families would otherwise never be able to afford them. Having already met more than three quarters of their ultimate goal with 827,939 surgeries performed to date, Smile Train
is aiming to complete one million. Though it is no small undertaking, it appears that Smile Train is on track to exceed their lofty ambitions. Thanks to caring individuals and celebrities like Rebecca Herbst, the organization continues to raise the funds that enable them to get this terribly important job done.
Rebecca is speaking out on Smile Train’s
behalf in support of their Seasons of Smiles
campaign. “Just helping Smile Train
meet their goals and just bringing awareness this season…we don’t want to forget about the kids.” – Rebecca Herbst. While the holidays are known to be a season of giving, we are often overwhelmed by making certain our children and loved ones have all of the material items they have requested. Rebecca and Smile Train
encourage all of us to consider the gift of giving a child the opportunity to lead a happy, healthy and productive life. Cleft lip and palate deformities are relatively common but left untreated can lead to a number of issues with speech, eating and social acceptance. Children born in the U.S. typically have access to proper medical treatment, but those in poorer regions where healthcare systems are inadequate; being born with a cleft deformity could potentially be a lifelong burden. Rebecca has three young children of her own and is quite thankful that none of them were born with cleft deformities. “I consider myself quite blessed…I see how it really does affect their everyday life…especially for children that live in less developed countries.” – Rebecca Herbst.
Clearly, Smile Train is an organization of people who care deeply for humanity, but they are also extremely proficient in making a direct impact on the lives of the people they serve. With over 2300 partner surgeons working with over 1100 partner hospitals and many financial contributions from philanthropist spirits like Rebecca Herbst, Smile Train is truly changing lives one smile at a time.
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