I have been fortunate to be part of an amazing student organization since attending The University of Toledo. The National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is devoted to bringing awareness to speech-language and hearing related issues, academically and medically. One of our main outreaches and fundraisers is the Operation Smile 5K. Operation Smile is a nonprofit organization that makes cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries to children in third-world countries where these types of surgeries would otherwise be impossible. It is a cause that is near and dear to all of our speech pathologists’ and audiologists’ hearts.
Our annual event took place on a perfect Sunday morning. I love seeing a group of students, families, and friends come together to support a cause that will impact the lives of so many children. Correcting cleft lips and cleft palates are crucial to a child’s health, so it made the day that much sweeter knowing what this day meant for our field and those impacted by the funds we were raising.
At the end of the event, NSSLHA and our friends raised money that will surely make the difference and bring many smiles to children and their families. We went the extra smile to give the world a smile.
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