I am not part of the group of bloggers doing the Swap a Smile Charity Auction, but I really wanted to do a shout-out for it. It is an effort to raise money for Operation Smile. What a great idea!
I have mentioned this before (here), and I think it's obvious, but in case you don't know, I was born with a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate (info from wikipedia HERE).
I had my mom dig up some old pictures and my dad took pictures of the pictures with his phone and sent them my way - so not the best quality, but anyways, a few baby pictures for you:
I don't have any pictures of me before surgery - they operated right away, maybe a day old? I have had over a dozen operations as they tweak my lip and raise my nose. Maybe one a year til I was 12, and then one more when I was 15ish. That was one interesting - my plastic surgeon wanted my upper lip to be fuller, so he used part of my bottom lip - but for the graft to work, it had to be connected for a couple of weeks. So it meant that my mouth was sewed shut except for the corners. I lived on strawberry milkshakes and heated up V8 - anything that would go through a straw. Crazy, right?!?
So, a few recent pictures - you can see my scars, but if I were more of a makeup wearer, I think they'd be even less visable:
I can say that growing up, I knew I was like any other kid. I am grateful for the reconstructive surgery I was able to receive as a infant/toddler/child that gave me that opportunity. I can’t imagine not being able to meet that need for a child. Especially now as a parent, not being able to help your own child would be devastating. I probably should have had my mom write this post. Anyways.....
Some bloggers got together to raise money to help those who can't afford reconstructive surgery for their children:
"Operation Smile is a charity organization healing children's smiles, one operation at a time.
Operation Smile, is more than a charity organization. They are 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. Each operation costs approximately $240.
With this is mind, we created “Swap A Smile” to raise funds through an online auction of DIY and Craft Bloggers’ past projects.
We would love for you to join us in our efforts to give back to others who need help. It only takes a little bit to go a long way. Our goal is to be able to give at least 5 children new smiles and help them to live the life they weren’t meant to live."
What a great effort, right?? $240, that's it, to change a child's life.
Tons of great items are being auctioned, with all the proceeds going to help Operation Smile - - you can bid on the items by clicking the pictures below - I hope this copy and paste works......