Enter Stage Gabbing
So little, so much
By Steven Martinovich
(January 17, 2011)
By Steven Martinovich
I've read that it takes anywhere from 13 to 20 muscles in your face to smile. Regardless of the actual number, it's something that we take for granted. Smiling comes as easily to most of us as it does drawing breath.
I've had a lot to smile about over the past year. Thanks to an experimental treatment my sister's multiple sclerosis seems to have abated. My family and friends are generally happy. My career is progressing along. Financially I have few complaints. It's not all sunshine but for the most part things are going well for me. That means I've been smiling a lot. I do hope the same for you.
The tragedy is that not everyone gets to smile. Every year children are born around the world with cleft lips, palates and other facial deformities – one every three minutes. They live a life where even in moments of fleeting happiness they can't smile. I don't know about you, but the knowledge that a child can't smile is something that affects me deeply. It is the right of every child, no matter their circumstances, to be able to look into the eyes of another human being and smile – even if only rarely. Not be mocked for a birth defect. Not be embarrassed by something beyond their control. Not to be a pariah. Not to be able to smile.
So I've decided to harness the power of Enter Stage Right and its readership. I've launched a personal campaign with Operation Smile, a U.S.-based charity that's helped 150,000 children with facial surgeries, with the modest aim of providing 12 children in the world with surgery so that they can smile for the first time in their lives.
It's modest because several hundred thousand of you visit the web site every month. Just a dollar from each of you would provide hundreds of children with the necessary surgery to allow them something that you've taken granted from birth. And the transformation is incredible, as you can see here.
I know we'll be successful because we have two things on our side: The number of people who visit this web site and the inherent compassion of conservatives. Combined, these factors should make us well exceed our goal. Let's show Operation Smile that when it comes to helping children, conservatives can't be beat.
Individually we might not be able to do very much but together we can make a huge difference – so little bringing so much. If you'd like, you can join our humble campaign here.
Remember: Every donation will create two smiles; the one of a child somewhere in the world and yours. Pretty good return on investment if you ask me.
Regardless of whether you contribute, I thank you for your time.
Thanks for reading,
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