Smile Train is changing lives one smile at a time!

April 14, 2010

Dear Family & Friends,

Do you know what the longest word is in the dictionary? It’s “Smiles”…because there’s a ‘mile’ between the two s’. So why is that important? Well…a small group of friends and I have set a fundraising goal to secure 330 smiles!!! Yes…smiles!!! …and our benefactors are 330 children born with cleft palate and facial deformities. These children will gain this life-changing gift from Smile Train – a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Organization – an organization that is dedicated to changing children’s lives one smile at a time.

Through Smile Train’s organizational where-with-all, $250.00 is all that is required for corrective surgery that will provide a lifetime of smiles. It is a program that not only touches the lives of the individual child, but all those whose lives are touched by that child – the ripple effect is undeniable and powerful. The Smile Train is an American charity devoted to providing free cleft palate/craniofacial reconstructive surgery to children in 76 developing countries around the world.

Their work in third world countries is amazing and what they accomplish for the price of $250 for a child, their family, their status in their community (no longer will they be outcasts in their communities), their future (no longer one of shame and isolation) and their sense of self esteem is well beyond the cost of $250 per child.

Our source of motivation comes from the 2009 Oscar winning Documentary “Smile Pinki”. This documentary chronicles a captivating story of a poor little girl in rural India who lives in desperation as she is ostracized by her village and not allowed to attend school because of her cleft lip. With the assistance of the Smile Train, Pinki’s life is magically transformed when she receives free surgery to correct her cleft lip. It is an amazing documentary and a story I believe we all can relate to – imagine if we didn’t have the smiles we were born with, how different the world would treat us……hence our motivation to work with Smile Train.

(Smile Pinki YouTube posting) Any donation, large or small, is a valuable contribution to one child at a time. With this said, I am requesting that you consider the ripple effect of repairing one such cleft……Imagine having the impact on 330 lives and more when we consider all those that they love as well for a target goal of $250 per smile.

Check out Positano Italy: Stroll Behind the Chic Facades | Travel

February 4, 2010

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This is on my all-time MUST DO bucket list…so I’m daydreamin right now!

Journey of a Lifetime

February 2, 2010

The Journey Of A Lifetime is a new reality travel entertainment show… with a heart. By swapping passwords for passports, bandwidth for air speed and URLs for real locations, Journey Of A Lifetime helps transform the lives of young adults by enabling them to actually touch down in far away places that until then had been merely pixels on a computer screen. To take them where the Internet ends…and real life experience begins!

Ready to start your own experience with Journey Of A Lifetime? Learn about the inspiration behind the show, meet our co-hosts, and register to become a part of this incredible adventure.

The Inspiration

“The world at your fingertips.” At no other time in modern history has this phrase been more apropos, especially for today’s youth and young adults. With the “i-Generation” making e-sites like MYSPACE their virtual bedroom and YouTube their personal stage, the Internet has become one great big global meeting place for them all. A place where young people blog, email, upload & download, file share and IM or just simply chat. Millions of like-minded community members using those fingertips to define themselves while staring into a 2 dimensional world.

But herein lies a paradox of global proportions: those fingertips are stuck at home.

Although technology today makes it easy for youth and young adults to expose themselves to places, people and things that would normally be out of reach, they still seek out adventurous and meaningful ways to enrich their lives. For many of them travel is the answer. But, travel can be expensive and in the US, travel is not encouraged and accepted as a right of passage for young people like it is abroad.

So how do young adults on the hunt for self-discovery in the outside world get the opportunity?

They go on The Journey Of A Lifetime!!