Carlee and I created Smile Together one afternoon in April 2019 after a phone call to reschedule my son’s annual appointment with the Duke Cleft & Craniofacial Center. Having never spoken before, we quickly connected on the level and depth of care provided by the Duke team and its impact on patient families, including ours.
Our family held a lemonade stand each year since our son, Austin’s, birthday to raise awareness and support for cleft conditions. Austin was born on World Smile Day in 2016 which instantly had meaning since he was born with a cleft lip and palate. There was no history of a cleft condition on either side of our family, and Austin’s care has opened us up to an amazingly strong and supportive cleft community.
In 2017 and 2018, we raised funds to benefit the treatment of cleft conditions. In 2019, we knew we could have a greater impact and partnered with the Duke Team. Our mission is patient-focused, and our efforts rely on YOU for support. We’re so happy you stopped by!
Chrissy Wrede, Cleft Patient Family
Carlee Jones, Team Coordinator for the Duke Cleft Palate & Craniofacial Team