Transforming Faces Worldwide is a registered Canadian Charity that provides access to local comprehensive treatment for cleft lip and palate (CLP) and other craniofacial conditions.
The organization has launched a Beautiful Before and After campaign, running through October 2012, to recognize that every child is beautiful, before and after their cleft care. On May 16, Transforming Faces held a Beautiful Before & After celebration and raised more than $34,000 for the program. A private charitable foundation funds the charity’s administrative costs so a full 100 percent of donations are used to provide direct services to children and parents affected by CLP around the world.
“We’re extremely grateful to our friends for attending the event, our silent auction supporters, our sponsors, and our host Bev Thomson,” said Esteban Lasso, Transforming Faces Executive Director. “Proceeds will go towards supporting our programs and providing the gift of transformation to children in developing nations.
“The longer children with cleft lip and palate go without proper care, they more struggles they endure. But they do not need our pity. They are beautiful and smart and resilient and precocious, just like other children,” says Lasso. “What they need is high-quality cleft care – starting at birth and continuing until they are enjoying a full, normal life.”
The full amount of the proceeds raised at this event will go toward training medical teams in the most up-to-date procedures. It will also fund free, local access to reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation such as hearing and speech therapy, dental and orthodontic care, nutrition and psycho-social support.
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