Courtesy of Sara Colozino and the Humane Society of West Michigan

Erin's Feel Good Friday

Rachel Mancuso runs the Cleft Lip & Palate Foundation of Smiles, a non-profit here in Michigan...

Rachel Mancuso runs the Cleft Lip & Palate Foundation of Smiles, a non-profit here in Michigan that offers practical help, special feeding equipment for babies, and emotional support for families with children with cleft lip and palate. Rachel founded Cleft Lip & Palate Foundation of Smiles because her twin boys have had more than 21 surgeries for craniofacial differences and she discovered that there wasn’t a lot of specialized support for families dealing with that specific medical condition.

http://www.cleftsmile.org

Rachel has now introduced dogs with cleft lips to her organization to become therapy dogs for children with the same birth defect. Her organization needs 3,500 dollars for each surgery in order for these dogs to eat and drink. She has partnered with Michigan veterinarians to provide the animal’s medical care but needs volunteers and financial assistance.

One in every 600 children the in United States is born with a facial difference that causes early feeding and speech issues.

Therapy Dog Sophie

Photo of Sophie courtesy of Sara Colozino and the Humane Society of West Michigan

Future Therapy Dog Rocko

Photo of future therapy dog Rocko courtesy of Rachel Mancuso