NEW YORK, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Smile Train CEO Susannah Schaefer visited the New York Stock Exchange yesterday and rang The Closing Bell® in anticipation of the organization's one millionth cleft repair surgery. Founded in 1999, Smile Train is on track to provide its one millionth surgery in just 15 short years.
Smile Train provides life-changing cleft repair surgeries in more than 85 countries worldwide, reaching 340 children each day and 127,000 each year. The organization's sustainable training model empowers local doctors to provide safe, quality and 100%-free cleft repairs within their own communities. Smile Train's cleft surgeries give children not only new smiles, but fresh starts at lives ripe with opportunity.
Smile Train will mark the momentous occasion at their "Power of a Smile" gala on April 2nd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
About Smile Train
Smile Train is an international children's charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train's sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their own communities. To learn more about how Smile Train's sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit www.smiletrain.org.
SOURCE Smile Train