Sara Rezk, from Fairfax VA is a mother of two, and her youngest, Seleem, was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. Here’s what the Power Of A Smile means to her.
If you could give one piece of advice to a child with cleft what would it be?
CELEBRATE WHO YOU ARE! You are amazing children who will have to go through some additional hardships in life. The cleft you were born with does not define who you can or cannot be. Find your passion and run with it.
If you could give one piece of advice to another parent whose child was born with cleft what would it be?
With all the madness and emotions that come with a cleft diagnosis, hang in there. One day you will look back and miss your little one’s wide smile so much! This whole journey will not only empower you as parents, it will have a lasting impact on the family as a whole.
What makes you smile?
Seeing my child being so brave. Nothing gets in his way! At just 2, he is already inspiring so many people around him.
What did your child being born with a cleft teach you about life?
That we really shouldn’t just see people at face value. This is a very diverse world and we need to embrace everyone around us, whether a different culture, appearance, life style, beliefs or religion.
What does the “Power of a Smile” mean to you/ why do you think it’s so important?
Power of a Smile means hope and connection!
What has the “Power of a Smile” done for you in your life?
It has broken barriers and given me the chance to get to know so many amazing people.