Jean's Story

29 July 2015 | Smile Train

Jean, a Smile Train donor since 2009, recently called to tell us that she has provided for Smile Train in her estate plans. “I’m not wealthy, I am just a working person but I contribute to Smile Train when I am able, I want to help when possible, for as long as possible,” Jean explains.

Jean has special empathy for children and families impacted by cleft.  As a child, she had a condition which made her feel “horribly ugly.”

“I went to tremendous lengths to avoid opening my mouth, or smiling, ever.  The condition was corrected when I was in my early 20s.  I know what it's like to wish I could go through life with a bag over my head.  Children are beautiful, and every child is a gift.  I am thankful for organizations such as yours who make a difference in the lives of these precious human beings.”

Jean is an accomplished musician with diverse musical interests.  Through that talent, she makes people smile when they hear her perform.  Jean’s bequest intention will ensure that future generations of children born with cleft lip and palate will receive new smiles and the chance at a better life.

We are so grateful that more and more of our benefactors, people like Jean, who work hard every day to provide for themselves and their families, care enough for children with clefts in the developing world to include Smile Train in their estate plans and join the growing roster of members of the Smiles for Life Society.