Sadie’s Race kicks off for the fifth year in Purcellville on Sunday. Started by Sara Parella in memory of her daughter who died at age 5, the event has become a fun family event and a community tradition.
The event raises money for Smile Train through the Sadie Smile Foundation. To date, the foundation has raised $185,000 and Parella is almost halfway to her goal of raising funds for one “smile surgery” for each day of Sadie’s life.
Smile Train provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children in developing countries for an average of $250. The children would not otherwise be able to afford the surgery—and often live a life of rejection and struggle due to their deformity and difficulty eating and speaking.
Sadie got to know about Smile Train after she saw a photograph of a boy with a cleft lip. That Christmas she asked for donations to Smile Train—eventually raising enough for two surgeries.
Those wishing to help the cause are asked to register at active.com for the 5K race and fun run. For more information, contact Parella at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-431-3563.