The Smile Train

“My specialty is making people laugh. So, when I heard that I could help a child smile for the first time in their life by joining The Smile Train, I got on board. It’s incredible the number of children’s lives transformed by The Smile Train every day. I’m a proud supporter of The Smile Train and encourage all my friends and family to join me, as I hope you will, too.”
— Bette Midler
Craniofacial Foundation Receives Grant
Chattanooga, TN
January 11, 2005

The Craniofacial Foundation at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital has received a grant from The Smile Train in the amount of $7,500 to be used to help pay for treatment provided to patients with cleft lip and clef palate. This one-time grant is part of a national program in which The Smile Train is supporting cleft teams across the U.S. with more than half a million dollars in grants.

The Smile Train is an international organization founded by Charles B. Wang. Advisory Committee members include: Candice Bergen, former President George Bush, Walter Cronkite, Senator John McCain, Bette Midler and Carly Simon. This organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients with cleft lip and cleft palate and to training physicians in underserved areas to treat patients born with clefts.

The Tennessee Craniofacial Center, is part of the Erlanger Health System. The Center specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients of all ages with craniofacial deformities. Its services cover a broad range of reconstructive operations for the treatment of deformities of the face and skull resulting from birth defects, tumors, and trauma.

Larry A. Sargent, M.D. is the Medical Director of the Tennessee Craniofacial Center.

For more information: The Smile Train

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