Miles for Smiles Walk

Minot State’s Communication Disorders department sponsored the 6th annual Miles for Smiles walk and silent auction at Roosevelt Park.

Hannah Davis explains how Operation Smile is helping children around the world.

It can be easy to take parts of life for granted.

Especially activities you do daily like eating.

For people with a cleft lip or palate, it can be difficult to perform everyday tasks.

“A child or anybody has a hole in the roof of their mouth or in their lip and it prevents them from eating properly and speaking properly so getting these surgeries – it costs a lot of money, especially for low income people.” said Tavia Hoenecke, Committee Member.

Operation Smile is a charity that helps raise money for low-income families to have access to safe surgeries.

According to them, every three minutes a child is born with the defect that requires surgical repair.

Some of these births happen even in Minot.

“We’re fortunate that we didn’t have to struggle to pay for those surgeries, but there are children out there who might not have those surgeries unless we were able to raise these funds.” said Hilory Liccini, Parent Walking for Cause.

The MSU Communication Disorders department organized a local Miles for Smiles walk for residents to participate in.

“There are probably about a hundred people here today, more than we were expecting. I think about sixty-five pre-registered so great crowd.” said Tavia Hoenecke, Committee Member.

The walk was the perfect opportunity to show those with the cleft lip or palate that they are not alone.

“I think it’s good just to show lots of families in our area that there’s different organizations supporting everybody. So it’s nice for moms to see that- and dads- to see that there’s other people out there trying to support everyone.” said Kylee Geer, Parent Walking for Cause.

There were smiles all around as the walk came to a close. 

In Minot, Hannah Davis, KX News.

To donate to Operation Smile, visit http://www.operationsmile.org/?_ga=1.261579021.1628670049.1493594684

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