“The timing, it was amazing."
The patients go on to lead full lives and become productive members of society.
Recycling can improve the world in many ways. One of our favorites comes from a very caring high school student. Sonali Ranaweera was given $100 as a gift and decided she was going to use that money to help people. That's when Recycling4Smiles was born. She got the idea to recycle the cans and bottles and give that money to the foundation, Smile Train.
Operation Smile, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an international children's medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,400 medical volunteers from over 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children.
When Kiran Fernando was born in December 2008, his mother, Dana Fernando, remembers waiting to hear her baby cry for the first time. It seemed to take forever. And when he finally did make a sound, Kiran's cry seemed very weak and muted.
I suppose you could call me a Chinese-American, but truth is, I'm not really all Chinese and I'm not really all American. I feel different ways in different situations.
"Except for the occasional sinus infection and a few minor dental issues, Ruby has been the picture of health ever since
In April, I changed somebody's life. I set out to raise money to help a cleft-affected girl in my former orphanage in China and was successful -- wildly so. But the life I changed was actually my own. In trying to help someone else, I found my community.
We've all seen the ads on the subway depicting children with cleft lips. Yes, they're hard to look at, but what's even harder to digest is the truth about what life looks like for these kids. What people may not realize is that they aren't just suffering from a cosmetic deformity.
Yes, I waited 5.5 years for my mom and dad to come. But eventually, they came. For some kids, they never do.