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Bright Faces . Incredible day in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. I am so blessed to be a part of @brightfacesorg and surrounded by the incredibly selfless doctors, nurses, medical team, volunteers and my friends and family as we help to change the lives of these beautiful children and their families. There is so much love in this community and I am completely humbled and in awe of the skill and pure magic of this medical team! *link in my bio to help 🙏🏼 @brightfacesorg @ethanpaves @ddontheside @smileasiaorg @darrenstone_photography
Ken Pavés, hairstylist to A-list stars such as Oprah, and the Beckhams, was in the Philippines to work on his lifelong advocacy: Help provide free treatment to children with cleft lip and palate, one of the most common birth defects in the Philippines and in the world.
“Left untreated, one in 10 children with a cleft lip or palate will die before their first birthday,” Ken said. “This cause is very close to my heart because my nephew Ryan was one of those children. He was born with Trisomy and other birth defects which took his life at 15 months old. He is still my greatest model and my inspiration to be of service to the world.” For Ryan and her mother, who was born in the Philippines, Ryan pledged his support to nonprofit organization Bright Faces, with the help of RGPI Professional Beauty, in launching their inaugural mission to the Philippines. This week, they were able to provide free surgeries and treatment to 60 children in Cabanatuan City.
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Beautiful Little Angels . @brightfacesorg will give each of these children a new smile so the rest of the world can see how special and bright they already are. They won’t change on the inside, eating and drinking will become easier but also they will no longer be bullied or ostracized because of how they look. . Jerome (4th picture) hasn’t been to school in 4 yrs because of bullying. That’s all about to change. . These children are all brave, kind, smart and strong, now the rest of the world will see it too. 🙏🏼 . Thank you to everyone who donated to make this mission possible. X photos @darrenstone_photography
To further raise funds for this mission, Ken and his celebrity clients and fellow philanthropists are currently hosting an online auction, featuring one-of-a-kind items such as Diana Ross-autographed memorabilia, Oprah’s signed faux fur coat (which appeared at the cover of The Oprah Magazine), signed jersey and Adidas cleats from David Beckham, and Suicide Squad cap signed by Will Smith.
For other items and more info, please visit their website.
Photo courtesy of Ken Pavés’ Instagram account
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