Hi! My name is Brooke Hira. I love to read and do anything related to art! I love to create anything and everything from painting to molding clay to baking. I am also a competitive soccer and tennis player, and I was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate.
During my process of researching cleft lip and palate and seeking out support, I realized there is a constant, world-wide need for funding of surgeries as well the need to support kids and their families in our local community. I wanted to make a difference so I began baking and selling treats as a way to raise money for different cleft lip and palate organizations. I began speaking out and raising awareness about cleft lip and palate, a condition that many people may not be aware of but affects 1 in 700 children world-wide each year.
In 2017, I began Just A Smile and my campaigning efforts had grown beyond just baking and selling treats. Over the past several years, I have been able to raise thousands of dollars through many fundraising events along with helping others understand and become familiar with cleft lip and palate.
Through my experiences I’ve discovered that the medical support is only one aspect and that the emotional support was just as important. I recognize the positive impact that kindness and acceptance can have on a person and I strive to not only promote that message but to also be an advocate for anyone that might feel a little different than everyone else. I’ve met some amazing friends and people along the way and I’m looking forward to meeting many more and continuing my efforts! I hope you will join me!