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Month: June 2017


Uziel, “Lady Killer”

06/28/2017 | Lima, Peru

Uziel, “Lady Killer” Guest blog post by Scott Behmer, Smile Network trekker and volunteer. Uziel’s parents are a bit of an unlikely couple, but their shared love for their son was clear. Dads weren’t scarce on registration day, but were far out numbered by moms, aunts and grandmothers. I enjoyed watching Uziel lay in his […]
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Uziel, “Lady Killer”

Guest blog post by Scott Behmer, Smile Network trekker and volunteer Uziel’s parents are a bit of an unlikely couple, but their shared love for their son was clear. Dads weren’t scarce on registration day, but were far out numbered by moms, aunts and grandmothers. I enjoyed watching Uziel lay in his dad’s arms, looking […]

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Callie & Cesia

06/27/2017 | Lima, Peru

Callie & Cesia Guest blog post by Callie Egland, Smile Network volunteer and trekker. This is Cesia! The happiest little baby! She did not have the familiar “cleft lip” but instead a cleft palate – where the roof of her mouth opens directly to her nasal cavity. Without surgery, her speech would be 80% unintelligible. […]
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Callie & Cesia

Guest blog post by Callie Egland, Smile Network volunteer & trekker This is Cesia! The happiest little baby! She did not have the familiar “cleft lip” but instead a cleft palate – where the roof of her mouth opens directly to her nasal cavity. Without surgery, her speech would be 80% unintelligible. Imagine going through […]

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Naomi

06/26/2017 | Lima, Peru

Naomi Guest blog post by Scott Behmer, Smile Network trekker and volunteer. Uziel’s parents are a bit of an unlikely couple, but their shared love for their son was clear. Dads weren’t scarce on registration day, but were far out numbered by moms, aunts and grandmothers. I enjoyed watching Uziel lay in his dad’s arms, […]
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Naomi

Guest blog post by Scott Behmer, Smile Network volunteer & trekker Naomi and her mom stayed overnight in the hospital and were there when I arrived around 7:30am. Quiet as before, her mom offered a simple smile and I could tell she was tired and hungry, but she held and rocked her baby for about […]

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

Great accomplishments generally have their roots in humble beginnings.  Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” It is estimated that the 26-mile trek through the Andes, commonly known as the Inca trail, is made up of over 82,000 steps and 55,000 stairs. 17 adventurous […]

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The Climb

Dead women’s pass is not for the faint of heart. By days end each trekker will know what they are made of. They will ascend to this infamous pass high in the Andes and summit about 3pm. They will climb over 3,600 vertical feet to an elevation to nearly 14,000 feet to the summit. Before […]

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Off they go

They are 49 in all. 28 porters, 17 Trekker’s, 3 guides and 1 cook. They are carrying more than 1,300 pounds of gear and provisions for their four day trip through the Andes at elevations ranging from 7,000 to 14,000 feet. In their load the porters are carrying 24 dozen eggs, 50 fresh caught trout, […]

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