The Partnership Helps Children Affected with Cleft Lip & Palate to Smile for the Very First Time
Press Release – BEVERLY HILLS – April 20, 2017 – Over the past two years, Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, has partnered with Beverly Hills MD to help generate awareness and funds for children with clefts around the world. In honor of National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month in July, Beverly Hills MD is celebrating their achievement of supporting more than 500 cleft repair surgeries and their goal of reaching 1,000 surgeries by World Smile Day® on October 6, 2017.
“Smile Train is extremely lucky to have such a generous and enthusiastic corporate partner like Beverly Hills MD. This important partnership will help one thousand children born with clefts be able to eat, speak, breathe, and smile. We thank Beverly Hills MD for helping us change the world one smile at a time,” said Masha Feiguinova, Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships, Smile Train.
Cosmetic surgeons and co-founders of the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group and Beverly Hills MD, Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour work with their patients to provide care without compromise. Their passion for conducting reconstructive and cosmetic procedures to help patients live happier lives is what led them to pursue a partnership with Smile Train. Beverly Hills MD has raised funds for Smile Train by donating a percentage of sales from each product sold from their revolutionary anti-aging skincare line, as well as in office fundraising efforts.
“We are honored to work with Smile Train and to be approaching our goal of 1,000 cleft surgeries,” said Dr. John Layke, plastic surgeon and co-creator of the Beverly Hills MD skincare line. “Improving lives, increasing self-confidence and ultimately allowing children to look and feel their best is incredibly rewarding.”
Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in shame and, more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in the developing world to provide 100 percent-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Since its founding in 1999, Smile Train has provided more than one million cleft repair surgeries.