Smile Train Team Empower conquers the 2023 London Marathon

Smile Train’s Team Empower ran to the finish line at the 2023 London Marathon, raising awareness as well as igniting hope and change for children with cleft.

Smile Train Philippines was proudly represented by three exceptional individuals—Tim Yap, Sam Verzosa, and Javi Martinez—as part of Team Empower. With the help of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, they were able to raise over $26,000 for Smile Train’s life-changing cleft lip and palate programs.

If you or anyone you know would like to turn their miles into smiles, check out other races here. Smile Train has charity slots for the 2023 Berlin, Chicago, and New York City marathons, as well as the 2024 London Marathon.


Around the world, 540 infants are born with a cleft every day — even during a pandemic. Help provide a forever smile to a child with cleft. Donate now through the Smile Train portal and forever transform a child’s life.


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