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Florida Hospital Sharing Smiles joins #GivingTuesday to give 50 kids life-changing surgeries

ORLANDO, Fla., November 26, 2018 – Florida Hospital Sharing Smiles, which provides cleft lip and palate surgeries to children in developing countries, is inviting the community to join the #GivingTuesday movement to help raise funds to provide 50 children life-changing surgeries.

#GivingTuesday is an international social media movement to encourage charitable donations on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — on Nov. 27 this year.

Florida Hospital Sharing Smiles’ initiative, generously supported by US Anesthesia Partners and Rotary International, allows the public to create a personalized smile campaign at Every $500 raised via this online giving platform will provide a child with a life-changing surgery.

For more than 20 years, Sharing Smiles has offered health care, education and training across the globe through programs focusing on cleft lip and palate surgeries, pediatric dentistry and physical therapy. While roughly one in every 700 children in the United States is born with a cleft lip or palate, up to one in every 250 children in Latin America suffers from this birth defect.

Through the generosity of the community and volunteer medical professionals, Florida Hospital Sharing Smiles provides health care for children in developing countries by sending multidisciplinary medical teams. Sharing Smiles also provides education initiatives for caregivers in those countries — using their own resources, volunteers and medical professionals.

Sharing Smiles currently works in collaboration with Latin American countries such as Mexico, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Honduras.

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For media inquiries only, call Florida Hospital Corporate Communications at 407-303-5950.