This year Radford Universities National Student Speech Hearing Language Association (NSSHLA), which is composed of students and staff who are in the major of communications sciences and disorders, held their annual operation smile 5k at Randolph Park in Dublin, VA, on Saturday, Nov.12.
Operation Smile is a foundation that donates money to families with children in need of surgery to repair cleft palates. Cleft palates can make it impossible for some children to eat, speak, or even communicate.
Through RU’s involvement and other nation-wide sponsored events, it raises awareness, as well as money for those individuals with a cleft palate. RU’s NSSHLA club had about 90 contestants this year that participated in the annual 5k. Thanks to the support of local business, there were prizes and other items available at the 5k for the participants.
Brittany DeLong is the secretary of NSSHLA and also helped with the annual 5k. “I enjoyed helping, because operation smile is an excellent cause, and it was awesome to see how many people came out to support the cause,” DeLong said. “It is always amazing to see people give donations for a greater cause.”
Thanks to the support of Radford Universities NSSHLA club and other university chapters, more children can receive surgery to repair cleft palates. This gives children a chance to smile, communicate better, and as well as eat.