My name is Cassidy Mershon, I am the executive director of Save A Smile. In the spring of 2015, I attended a medical mission to the city of Bacolod in the Philippines with Uplift Internationale. The mission provides free surgeries for children with cleft lips and palates. Uplift International’s team of doctors, nurses, and volunteers travel to a new city each year mending hundreds of smiles along the way. During this mission I discovered an extreme lack of dental care. As I began researching, I discovered that dental care in the Philippines is very expensive and not practiced regularly. A lack of dental health can result in heart disease, dementia, respiratory infections and diabetic complications. It was time to make a difference, and I knew I had the power to do it. If a child has access to a hand washing and tooth brushing station at their school, they can brush their teeth twice a day and reduce the chances of heart disease. With your help, not only will we bring worlds together, we will also save lives by saving smiles.