One of my craniofacial plastic surgery mentors, Jack Yu M.D., once told me that "to be able to speak is to be human." Helping children repair their cleft lip and palate not only improve one's speech, but also enable one to live his/her life with dignity. More than 200,000 children all over the world are born with a severe cleft deformity each year. With the non-profit organizations, such as the Smile Train and Operation Smile, thousands of children each year are given the chance to smile, to speak, to eat, and live their lives with dignity. Let's give our support to these non-profit organizations: The Smile Train and Operation Smile.