Operation Smile seeks to ease the suffering of those effected by cleft lip and cleft palate around the world. It is a non-profit charity that sends willing dentists to perform surgeries in impoverished areas. They seek to right the socioeconomic injustice of treatment. Only 4% of all cleft lip and palate surgeries are performed on low income people.
The charity is good at what they do, and you can help them achieve their goals through a New Jersey Dentist’s Go Fund Me campaign. All proceeds to Avi Weisfogel’s campaign go to benefit the Operation Smile Charity, so you can donate with full faith that people around the world will be helped with your contribution.
Avi Weisfogel has a plethora of experience in the dental field. He opened Dental Sleep Masters in 2014 and has focused all of his efforts on sleep apnea the past few years. You can watch his educational video below.
Those with cleft lip and palate face a series of challenges; some of them medical and some of the social. The medical challenges include difficult eating, speaking, breathing, dental problems, ear infections and hearing trouble. The gaps left in the lip and the roof of the mouth have a far reaching impact on quality of life. But the medical issues are for Operation Smile and Avi Weisfogel to take care of. You can not only help by donating to the Go Fund Me campaign, but you can help socially as well.
The birth defect effects nearly 3,000 babies in the U.S. every year. And coping with the defect can be difficult for the child and the family. Here’s what you can do to help:
Focus on the person, not the condition
This makes it easier for the person to socialize. They don’t want to be known for their condition, they want to be known as a person.
Say positive things about others that do not focus on appearance
Make it known that you look for positive qualities in other people that do not focus on appearance. This will assure them that you are friends with them because of who they are, and not how they look.
Stand up to bullying
A cleft lip can make a person a target for negative attention. If you see this kind of behavior, stand up for your friend.
Avi Weisfogel wants to help people with this condition around the world. He’s been helping people through dentistry for years and is always seeking to find better ways to contribute. You can aid him by donating and being a thoughtful citizen when it comes to cleft lip and palate.