The Align Foundation has donated $1 million to Operation Smile, which helps children around the world born with cleft conditions receive safe, effective, and timely cleft surgery and comprehensive care, according to Align Technology.
“Operation Smile’s mission strongly resonates with Align’s purpose of transforming smiles and changing lives,” said Raj Pudipeddi, chief innovation, product, and marketing officer and senior vice president at Align Technology.
“We are proud to support a future where more smiles can be transformed through safe surgery and medical treatment and hope to inspire others through our donation to help Operation Smile change the lives of more children,” said Pudipeddi.
The “10 Million Smiles. 10 Million Thanks” campaign is based on the transformative power of Invisalign treatment as seen through the eyes of Invisalign patients, Align Technology said.
The donation builds on that goal and aims to help more children around the world to smile by raising awareness and generating support and funding for Operation Smile, which operates in resource-limited environments, the company said.
“We are so appreciative of the dedication and support from Align Technology over the years and are excited for what we can do to bring families renewed hope and help children around the world smile even more as a result of this latest donation,” said Kristie Magee Porcaro, chief strategy officer at Operation Smile.
“Together, we’re improving the health of many children and ensuring that they have the opportunity for a better future,” said Porcaro.
The donation is part of an Align Technology social media campaign using the hashtag #10MInvisalignSmiles, asking its followers to share their smiles and help change a child’s life, the company said.