It’s time to hop on the Ironman Arizona 2013 Smile Train.
Smile Train is the official charity of Ironman Arizona 2013.
This very popular member of the WTC Ironman family takes place in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday November 17.
This amazing charity that has already raised over $300,000 focuses specifically on children with clefts.
Children who suffer from this affliction are often stigmatized and struggle to fit in with the rest of society.
THE SMILE TRAIN MISSION
Smile Train’s mission is to provide a child born with a cleft the same opportunities in life as a child born without a cleft. We provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive care to hundreds of thousands of poor children in developing countries and train doctors and medical professionals in over 80 countries.
Unlike many charities that do many different things, Smile Train’s mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where millions of children are suffering with un-repaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly and aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. They face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are poor – too poor to pay for a simple surgery that has been around for decades. We want our mission to be yours.
It might not seem like it when you have put in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and are willing yourself through the closing stages of the Ironman marathon on race day, but you are blessed just to be able to take part in an Ironman Triathlon anywhere in the world.
Not everyone has the mental, emotional, and physical gifts or financial wherewithal necessary to be able to take on the Ironman challenge.
Just by making it to the start line of an Ironman you have been given a great opportunity to experience a special joy and sense of accomplishment that few people in the world will ever get to realize.
By supporting the SMILE TRAIN you will help give a child a lifetime of hope and joy and the opportunity to do great things in the world in their own right.
So visit the SMILE TRAIN WEBSITE and hop on for the ride.