Smile Train – Providing Correction of Cleft Malformations

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Smile Train
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As an attorney at The Law Office of Bryce D. Neier PLLC in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Bryce Neier focuses on family law , international law, entertainment law, and other state and federal civil litigation. Bryce Neier supports Smile Train, a charity that performs surgeries for children with cleft palates.

A cleft is an oral malformation that occurs during fetal development. It happens when there isn’t enough tissue in the lip or mouth area, resulting in the tissue not joining together. Clefts can be successfully treated with reconstructive surgery. Because of technology and evolving surgical procedures making things simpler than in the past, the surgery now typically takes just 45 minutes.

An international children’s charity, Smile Train provides completely free cleft care to children. Since its inception Smile Train has expanded to serve over 85 developing countries to provide this procedure. More than 170,000 children are born with a cleft malformation every year. Approximately 1 in 700 Caucasian births, nearly 1 in 500 Asian births, and 1 in 1200 African births results in a cleft defect. Since 1999, Smile Train has performed over one million surgeries.

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Tetley and Tata Trusts Launch $1 Million Partnership with Smile Train

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Smile Train
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A litigation attorney focused on family law, Bryce Neier oversees a private practice in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In addition to his work as an attorney, Bryce Neier supports Smile Train, a charitable organization that provides corrective surgeries for children with cleft lips and palates.

In a recently released statement, Smile Train announced a partnership launched by Tetley and Tata Trusts that will provide $1 million for cleft repair surgeries. Tetley, a Tata Global Beverages brand, is marking the partnership with the Tetley Smile Challenge, a digital campaign that aims to raise awareness about Smile Train’s life-changing work.

The Tetley Smile Challenge uses facial recognition software to capture smiles as individuals watch humorous videos on the challenge’s website. While there, participants can donate to Smile Train and share the smiles they captured via social media.

Through the challenge, Tetley hopes to raise 1 million smiles to match the $1 million donation, which will provide corrective surgeries for 4,000 children around the globe. To participate in the Tetley Smile Challenge, visit SmileChallenge.Tetley.com.

The Smile Train Business Model

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Smile Train
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A former United States Army officer, Bryce Neier is a proficient family law attorney that graduated from the Campbell University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1992. Currently practicing at his law firm in North Carolina, Bryce Neier is also engaged in the support of several local and national charities such as Smile Train.

Smile Train is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a global presence that provides resources and funding for cleft lip and palate repair surgery. Clefts are physical abnormalities that are caused when body parts, such as the lip and roof of the mouth, do not form together properly in utero. Clefts can be corrected with reconstructive surgery and affect as many as 1 in 700 children.

Smile Train employs a sustainable model to fund the cost of cleft repair surgery. Local doctors are trained to perform the surgeries at participating hospitals that also share in the cost of the surgery. Under this model, a $250 charitable donation is enough to provide a free cleft repair surgery to a needy child in a third world country. The Smile Train model also includes aftercare and speech therapy to ensure the surgery was successful.

Smile Train Trains Local Cleft Surgeons

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Smile Train
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A graduate of the Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in North Carolina, Bryce Neier has litigated both criminal defense and civil litigation here and abroad since 1992. Bryce Neier also supports such charitable organizations as Smile Train, which provides cleft palate surgeries for children in need. Thanks the support of 2.7 million donors, Smile Train has developed a network of partners and programs in 90 countries worldwide and performed more than a million cleft palate surgeries.

Smile Train recognizes that cleft palate surgery is just the beginning for the children it serves, and so offers ongoing support in the form of dental and orthodontic care and speech therapy. In addition, Smile Train provides extensive training for surgeons and medical professionals in more than 140 countries, ensuring their ability to continue caring for the local community. In the past 17 years, Smile Train has provided tens of thousands of free scholarships, workshops, symposiums, and training resources.

Smile Train Provides Free Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries

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Smile Train
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Litigation attorney Bryce Neier focuses his law practice on family law, and has prevailed in a number of major international child custody cases between his state of North Carolina and countries such as Germany, Spain, Canada, and Columbia South America. He is also admitted to practice in both state and federal courts, up to and including the Supreme Court of the United States. When not representing clients, Bryce Neier supports a number of charities, including Smile Train.

Cleft lip or cleft palate occurs when certain tissue structures do not join together properly during the development of the fetus. These improperly formed tissues typically affect the upper lip or the roof of the mouth. Children with this very visible defect are not just subject to ridicule and isolation, they often experience physical difficulties with speaking, eating, and breathing.

While in the US such conditions are surgically corrected, in the poorest countries of the world most children with clefts will never receive the necessary reconstructive surgery. Cleft palates occur in about 1 in 500 births among Asians, 1 in 700 among Caucasians, and 1 in 1200 among Africans.

Smile Train empowers local doctors in 85 developing countries to provide completely free cleft lip and palate repair surgery by training and funding them in their communities. The trained physicians then proceed to train other colleagues, creating a more long-term solution. Since 1999, Smile Train has performed this transformative service for more than one million children worldwide.

Smile Train’s Speech Therapy Programs

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Smile Train’s Speech Therapy Programs
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Through his firm, the Law Office of Bryce D. Neier, Bryce Neier represents clients in such areas as family law, criminal defense, and entertainment law. Outside of his responsibilities as an attorney in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Bryce Neier supports both local and international charities, including Smile Train.

Smile Train is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with cleft lips or palates. Smile Train provides cleft surgeries free of charge, helping to change lives and communities in 87 countries.

The organization also offers comprehensive care programs, which include orthodontics and speech therapy. These programs help children get the most out of their new smiles.

Speech therapy is particularly important for cleft patients after corrective surgery, because they will need to re-learn many elements of speaking. Smile Train’s speech pathologists and therapists help patients to learn correct articulatory placement and oral pressure. This therapy allows people with previously impaired speech to improve their speaking and language skills significantly.

Smile Train Celebrates its Millionth Surgery

Attorney Bryce Neier is based in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His vast work experience includes matters of civil defense and federal civil litigation. Bryce Neier gives back to the community by supporting numerous charitable organizations, including Smile Train.

Smile Train (ST) is a global charity for children that is wholly focused upon aiding those born with cleft palates and lips. The organization’s sustainable approach provides cost-free surgeries to repair clefts in more than 85 developing nations. Samantha Cameron, wife of the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, recently held a reception to honor the charity’s millionth surgery. Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who attended the event, emphasized the importance of the organization’s work; unrepaired clefts often lead to social stigmatization, and can make breathing, eating and speaking difficult. Additionally, ST CEO Susannah Schaefer highlighted that the group’s work relies upon the generous donations of partner corporations, sponsors, and fundraisers. Though over a million children have benefited, ST remains committed to helping the countless others worldwide who still suffer from unrepaired clefts.