I want to share a shocking statistic with you.
“1 in 10 children born with a Cleft will DIE before their first birthday.”
1 in 10. That isn’t a real pleasant statistic to read.
Did you know there is a great agency called Operation Smile that can help these children from not only dying but also from the pain, frustration, embarrassment and dangers of having a Cleft Condition?
Operation Smile, is a charity helping change the lives of children one smile at a time. They are an amazing organization that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children who would never have the opportunity to have such a surgery due to the medical costs.
Each year more than 200,000 children are born with a severe cleft condition-some are unable to eat, speak, socialize, or smile – that is heartbreaking and a HUGE number of children! The conditions of a cleft lip can be painful and even affect the child's ability to speak and eat!
Here are some facts about Cleft Conditions:
Q. What is a cleft lip and cleft palate?
A. A cleft is an opening in the lip, the roof of the mouth or the soft tissue in the back of the mouth. A cleft lip may be accompanied by an opening in the bones of the upper jaw and/or the upper gum. A cleft palate occurs when the two sides of a palate do not join together, resulting in an opening in the roof of the mouth. A cleft lip and palate can occur on one side or both sides. A child can suffer from a cleft lip, a cleft palate or both.
Q. What causes cleft lips and cleft palates?
A. The exact cause is unknown. Cleft lips and cleft palates are congenital defects that occur early in embryonic development. Scientists believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as maternal illness, drugs or malnutrition, may lead to a cleft lip or cleft palate. If one child in a family is born with a cleft, the risk increases by 2 to 4 percent that future children in the family will suffer from the same defect.
Q. Can cleft lips and cleft palates be prevented?
A, Scientists are researching methods to prevent cleft lips and cleft palates. One finding, according to research studies, is that mothers who take multivitamins containing folic acid before conception and during the first two months of pregnancy may reduce their risk of giving birth to a baby with a cleft.
***For a little as $240, you can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. This surgery can change a child's life forever and can take as few as 45 minutes.
Donations are what keep these surgeries happening – make sure you and your family seriously consider donating to this organization. Some of those donations come from CampusBookRentals.com for every time you rent textbooks – so if you or anyone you know is in need of text books please consider using Campus Book Rentals!
Campus Book Rentals has a new program now too - RentBack. RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other friends and students! So great because it makes you 2-4x more money compared to what you would make through other buyback options! I remember how frustrating it was when I would go to sell my books back at the bookstore in college. It was depressing! I hope more college students check out this great new program!
Donate or learn about more ways to get involved please visit:
The OperationSmile Website today!
Disclosure: I was compensated by Campus Book Rentals for this post. All thoughts expressed within are my own and you cannot have them!