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SMILE 100 (Smile to the Power of 100)

This year, students, faculty and staff in the Communication Disorders department have set their sights on raising enough funds to pay for 100 cleft lip and palate surgeries for children in developing countries as their Power of 100 project. Each surgery costs $240 so the total project hopes to raise $24,000.

Clefting, an opening in the lip and/or palate, is the 3rd most common childhood anomaly occurring in 1 out of 600 births. Every 3 minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. The good news is that children with clefts can be treated. Surgery is often performed in the first months with additional care required until the child is an adult.