“where every smile has a story to tell”
SmileFest! is a celebration to honor kids and their families. Children with clefts (or any other facial anomaly) and their families as well as your favorite doctors, nurses and assistants will be there to enjoy in the fun. There will be food, music and special activities.
The purpose of this event is to provide children and their families with the support and companionship needed to help them cope with feeding difficulties, surgeries and self esteem issues and to help them build lifelong friendships with other children who have faced similar challenges. It is important that each of these children and their families know that they are special and that their smile has a story to tell.
The event is being organized by Krista Sullivan RN. Krista is a pediatric nurse at Presbyterian Hospital whose son, Cody, was born with a cleft lip and palate. Krista understands what it is like for a mother to go through all the complicated emotions and surgeries. Cody was featured in an Albuquerque Journal article called, Beyond Cosmetic – which highlights children born with clefts and other craniofacial deformities.