Cleft Palate Gallop
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Miles for smiles (M4S)

Cleft lip and cleft palate are the third most common birth defects in the United States, affecting roughly 1 in 700-800 newborns. Children born with clefts have complex medical and social needs, requiring care throughout their growing years. At the UNC School of Dentistry, we are fortunate to have the UNC Craniofacial Center, a team of professionals who are deeply dedicated to patients and families affected by cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial anomalies.

M4S is a student organization at UNC - Chapel Hill which was founded for the purpose:

  • Providing financial support for the dental care and other needed services of patients at the UNC Craniofacial Center (mainly children) whose families cannot afford these services.

  • Presenting a unique educational experience for future dentists: valuable training regarding the care of patients with craniofacial deformities via observational experiences not formally offered in the UNC School of Dentistry Curriculum.


Your contribution will help ensure access to comprehensive, specialized treatment for children with cleft lip and palate. The UNC Craniofacial Center receives your donations and subsequently allocates ALL of these funds to needy families on a case-by-case basis. Dental students volunteer their time to M4S so there are no administrative costs affiliated with our organization – Thus, 100% of your contribution will go toward patient care, directly impacting the lives of children. Donate now!


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We love our Cleft Palate Gallop Family!


And we will continue to log


for Smiles!