As order slowly returns to Bangkok, XanGo, LLC and Operation Smile will travel to the Chonburi province of Thailand this week, where they will provide 100 corrective surgeries to children born with cleft lips or cleft palates. Despite the risks associated with travel to a country recently ravaged by 10 weeks of chaos and turmoil, XanGo and Operation Smile are keeping their commitment to the Thai people and to their joint organizational mission of changing lives, one smile at a time.
Among the invited patients at this week’s mission are children of the farmers who harvest mangosteen for XanGo. The Utah-based company is recognized for creating a global category of premium mangosteen-based products, such as global market leader, XanGo® Juice.
With the recent developments in Thailand, XanGo and Operation Smile hope their efforts will play a small role in restoring hope to the Thai people. The journey to Thailand fits into a larger picture of caring, as one of four stops on XanGo’s tour with Operation Smile. The 2010 Season of Smiles mission includes visits to Tlaxcala and Guadalajara, Mexico, and Ulan Ude, Russia. By the end of the tour later this summer, 350 cleft lip and cleft palate corrective surgeries will have been performed.
Each year, more than 200,000 children are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, and are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. With the help of dedicated medical volunteers and through generous donations and partnerships, such as the long-term XanGo partnership, Operation Smile provides free surgeries to children around the world, healing their smiles and bringing hope for a better future.