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Mile For A Smile In Ridgefield Raises Money For Cleft Surgeries For Kids

The annual "Mile for a Smile" walk in Ridgefield raises money to perform cleft repair surgery for kids in developing countries
The annual "Mile for a Smile" walk in Ridgefield raises money to perform cleft repair surgery for kids in developing countries Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Ridgefield resident Steven Christofor and his daughter Isabel Christofor will host their fourth annual "Mile For A Smile" fundraising and awareness walk on Sunday, Oct. 22 benefiting Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.

The walk, which is open to the public, will start at 9 a.m. in front of the Toy Chest located at 441 Main St. in downtown Ridgefield and will go to the Cass Gilbert Fountain and return to Planet Pizza located at 411 Main St. for a group photo. Everyone who walks will get a free slice courtesy of Planet Pizza. Partners Ann Lathrop from the Toy Chest and Domenick Farago from Planet Pizza have been supporters of “Mile For A Smile” since it first began in 2014.

Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Over the last three years “Mile For A Smile” has raised more than $6,000, which has helped provide free cleft repair surgery for more than 30 children.

The fundraising goal this year is to raise $1,250, which will provide cleft repair surgery for five children.

For more information regarding the walk or to donate to Smile Train, click here or bring a check made out to Smile Train. Donations will be accepted, but are not required to walk.

For any questions call Steven Christrofor at (646) 643-0394.

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