In more DongYan news: they celebrate 30,000 cleft surgeries with Smile Train Philippines
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Here’s more reason to smile... and be thankful of yours.
On Thursday (August 21), Smile Train Philippines celebrated a massive milestone-or as they aptly call them, smilestone-as they completed their 30,000th cleft surgery.
Dingdong Dantes and his fiancée, Marian Rivera, joined the celebration by visiting Smile Train patients in San Fernando, Pampanga. "I was very moved when I saw the kids. I saw children who should be in school, but could not go to school because they were ashamed of their condition. With the help of Smile Train, these children - and their families - are given a second lease on life," said Dantes.
"I was surprised to hear that there are nearly 5,000 Filipino children born every year with a cleft. Yung iba, teenager na, hindi pa nao-operahan," added Rivera.
In the Philippines, Smile Train partner hospitals and surgeons perform an average of 14 cleft surgeries every day. Worldwide, the international children’s charity has performed over one million surgeries in the past 15 years.