700 smiles 6 month update

Sooooo I've been meaning to do an update on our journey to 700 but ya know, life? Anyways this is honestly pretty incredible so I'm not even going to pretend it's not. 700 smiles started as an idea in my head somewhere either at the end of last year or at the beginning of this one. Who knows. I like things to make sense and fit in neat little boxes as much as possible so 700 very simply came from the fact that 1 in 700 babies are born with a cleft. Luckily smile train tracks donations so I can tell you we really kicked off actual fundraising on February 21st.  Support came from exactly where I thought it would and then shockingly, beautifully, unexpectedly from so so many other places and people. I can't even type is without tearing up. I look through that donor list and cry. The happiest most grateful tears.  Ok so ready? In 6 months we raised.....  

$13,827.15 from 49 huge hearted donors

what does that mean?

55 surgeries


Fifty five you guys. 55 kiddos that are getting surgery because of you 49 amazing people. What?!

WHAAAAAT? You guys that's surgeries. I wish this wasn't about money. I wish I could hug all of these moms and dads and tell them why it's going to be ok. I wish that's what I could collect, donations of hugs. But here's the thing.  I had oh so many feelings and fears around surgery but I did not have to ever worry that we couldn't afford it. I sometimes would lay awake at night and wonder if surgery was the right thing. What if something went terribly wrong and surgery was the wrong choice. But I never had to worry if surgery was an attainable option for us. Thanks to insurance that was never a question. Not only was it not a question but surgery at the best childrens hospital in our country was covered. Honestly, almost no questions asked. Nick made me ask lots of questions because he couldn't believe it, but yes it was true. Truthfully the whole thing consumed me and again, I didn't need to worry about the cost. The weight of a mothers heart and worry is so damn heavy. There's no words. Truly. So the fact that in these short months we've taken that burden off of 55 people. I don't really think there are words for that. So I WILL stop trying!

I absolutely hate to ask for help. I know exactly where this comes from but I've psychoanalyzed myself enough in this post ok? So I'm lucky enough to know so many business bosses locally and to have a fundraiser I had to reach out to them and ask for their help and support. But I did and we've got my favorite restaurant donating 20% and over 30 fabulous auction items. So mark your calendar, fast for the day and come eat allllllll the yummy things with us ok? https://www.facebook.com/events/337330230025101