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Dash for Smiles was founded by three mothers of cleft affected children. It is our goal to raise social awareness about cleft lip and palate and also to raise funds for programs serving under insured patients. Dash for Smiles holds a yearly 5K event and has raised $83,500 for the Children’s Hospital Colorado's Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic and Rocky Mountain Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. We are hopeful that we will continue to be successful in our efforts at helping families through networking and financial assistance.


Hello, my name is Cassandra Rocha and my son is a cleft affected child. Since I became aware of my son’s birth defect I have been passionate about helping those also affected by cleft lip and palate. I met Trish Gerlach in January 2010 after she gave birth to her son who was born with a cleft lip and palate. We formed an immediate bond and a shared passion to raise awareness about this issue. We began work on Dash for Smiles to support others affected by cleft lip and palate. In spring 2010, Joyce Rodriguez joined our efforts to raise awareness and financial support by holding an annual 5K. As a parent of two cleft affected children she was eager to be part of this unique event.



 Address: P.O. Box 19383, Denver, Colorado




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Address:  P.O. Box 19383, Denver, Colorado

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