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Nov 26, 2015

A Thousand Smiles Continues to Raise Funds for Ailing Kids

A dollar to save the life of a child afflicted with cancer. A Thousand Smiles for Cleyon, is an organization that has been working with several pediatric cancer patients. Together, its members raise money to assist the children with traveling expenses to and from Belize to Merida, Mexico or Guatemala and also to assist with chemotherapy and medication that they direly need. The goal is to raise as much money as possible to assist these children by getting the business community and schools from across the country contributing one dollar and dress in yellow as an act of support to pediatric cancer patients. Founder Michelle Rudon spoke with News Five today about the latest fundraising efforts.


Michelle Rudon, Founder, 1000 Smiles for Cleyon

Michelle Rudon

“What we wanted to do was to get the entire country of Belize involved because basically these kids; today it’s my child, tomorrow it could be yours, today it could be his. And we feel that only when the entire country gets involved can we really see a good change. So we came up with the idea to have a countrywide casual day where we are inviting all the schools, the businesses in Belize, to donate a dollar and also to wear yellow on that day because yellow is the color for cancer in children.”


Duane Moody

“Talk to us about how that is going to work. Have you guys approached these institutions—learning as well as the business community—so that they can do it?”


Michelle Rudon

“Actually yes we have. We have sent out letters and flyers and we already have a list of companies and schools that have signed on. Everyone will be dressed in their yellow and everyone will be supporting the children that are a part of our foundation. We have businesses and schools that will be doing it tomorrow.”


Duane Moody

“Now is this limited to onlyBelize Cityschools and businesses?”


Michelle Rudon

“No, it’s across the country. We have members in all the districts and the members are in charge of approaching the businesses and getting it coordinated countrywide. So all the districts and the cayes will be participating. We are getting a massive turnout from Caye Caulker and San Pedro, which is excellent because the youngest member from our foundation, Izak; he is only a year old and he is from San Pedro.”


There are currently five children in the foundation, which started a little over a year ago. There were a total of eight children, but three have since lost their battle to cancer. 

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