Tense for a Reason

July 28, 2007

Look at That Smile (Post #16)

Filed under: Smiles — Tense @ 3:30 pm

For Angelica Joy (AJ) Fabroa, getting the operation needed to fix her cleft lip was a challenge. The youngest of four children, AJ was born in the Philippines into a poor, hardworking and loving family.
Angelica  When AJ was born, her father started crying at the sight of her cleft lip. He and his wife were devastated, but neither of them lost hope because they knew her cleft could be treated. Knowing that AJ would have trouble feeding, they placed her in the care of a local mission that treated children with clefts. However, because AJ had been underweight since birth and had a weak body, the local mission evaluated her and would not operate.
When AJ and her parents returned a second time, again she could not pass the physical due to her low body weight and they were told to hospitalize her. AJ’s parents could never afford to pay for the cost of a hospital stay and so they began searching for another alternative.
Soon after, a local council official visited their small community and told AJ’s parents about The Smile Train Cleft Care Program run in conjunction with the Philippine Band of Mercy. In a matter of weeks, AJ finally received the surgery to repair her deformity.
Today, little AJ is a healthy and happy two-year-old, who can eat normally and is starting to talk. Because of the determination of her family and The Smile Train, the Fabroa family can all smile together!

What a beautiful little girl, huh?  Please consider donating to the cause if you haven’t already done so.  I get nothing out of this except a good feeling for having helped a worthy cause.  And I’m sure I’ll say it again before this 24 hours is over, but thanks to everyone who’s been supporting me along the way; it means a great deal to me, and you’re helping the cause, as well.



  1. She is adorable.

    Comment by chattybtawkin — July 28, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

  2. You know what a Panda has for lunch? They have bamboo.

    Comment by Murp! — July 28, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

  3. I was watching a documentary about the lives these unfortunate families lead. It brought a tear to my eye, well that and I was missing wrestling, but a tear nonetheless. Such a noble cause you are blobbing for.

    Comment by Squid Vicious — July 28, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

  4. Anjelica is a beautiful little girl, and that’s a wonderful story to highlight your charity!

    Great job you’re doing here!

    Comment by Kathy — July 28, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

  5. Stupid Murp! thought pandas were indigenous to the Phillipines. Pandas live in the zoo, duh!

    Comment by Squid Vicious — July 28, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

  6. Just wanted to say HI!! A friend of mine is doing this and I thought I would make the rounds and say hi to a few people!! Keep up the blogging! =) That little girl is a doll

    Comment by Jessica — July 28, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

  7. Wow, you’re really going strong. I can’t believe I missed the contests! I really liked those pot holders.

    Way to go, girl!!


    Comment by HoosierGirl5 — July 28, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

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