My name is Thu Mai and I am a first year student in the Medical Sciences program at Western University. This is my first year with Operation Smile but I am so excited to contribute to this organization and be able to work with this amazing community! Although a cleft lip or palate may not seem that impactful on the surface, these conditions have a significant effect on the child’s life and can impair their ability to eat, breathe, and speak. Unfortunately, many children are unable to access the surgeries they need and as many as 9 in 10 children born could die. I joined Operation Smile because I believe that children living with cleft conditions should always be able to access the medical services they need and we can make a difference in their lives by raising awareness and funds. Please help me reach my goal of raising $240, the price of surgery for one child. Your donation would help transform a child’s life and help them live a happier and healthier future!