Sunday May 1st marks the Fifth Annual Sadie’s Race in Purcellville, VA. Sadie’s mom, Sara Parella,  started the race to honor the memory of her daughter by raising money for Smile Train through Sadie Smile Foundation.  Sadie passed on from this world at the age of five. To date, the foundation has raised $185,000. Sara is close to halfway to her goal of raising one ‘smile surgery’ for each day Sadie lived.

 Smile Train provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children in developing countries for an average of $250.  These children would otherwise not be able to afford the surgery and often live a life of rejection and struggle due their deformities and difficulty eating and speaking.

 Sadie had a connection to Smile Train after asking about a photo of a boy with a cleft lip at the mall. It was a poster from Smile Train. She learned that these children live such difficult lives just because they cannot afford a simple surgery. That Christmas, she asked for donations to Smile Train instead of gifts. She raised enough for two ‘smile’ surgeries.

 Register today on Active.com and Join the community for Sadie’s Race May 1st to support this great cause. The race offers a certified, chip-timed 5k run/walk, and a kids fun run.  Activities include balloon twisting, face painting, a dee jay, photo booth, bounce house and more. To become a sponsor or volunteer, contact Sara at sadiessmilefoundation@gmail.com or (703) 431-3563.