Jacob Bertrand Gets a Kick Out of Meeting Smile Train Patients
Our patients will never forget hitting the dojo with Hawk from 'Cobra Kai'
In early 2022, Smile Train Youth Ambassador Jacob Bertrand, a star of Netflix’s Cobra Kai, traveled to Centro SUMA in Mexico City to meet Smile Train patients and medical partners for the first time.
At the hospital, Jacob saw firsthand how Smile Train’s model of empowering local medical experts to provide high-quality cleft care 24/7 changes the lives and smiles of children with clefts and their families and transforms entire communities.
One unique feature of Centro SUMA is their karate program. Learning martial arts gives children who so often face stigma and bullying confidence, strength, and a sense of accomplishment — and when Hawk himself joins, it packs an even greater punch.
Jacob then met with individual patients and did a press conference with some of his new friends.
His next stop was particularly powerful: the opportunity to visit Smile Train patient Sugey and her family at their home.
“I’m so grateful to get to meet everybody,” Jacob said. “The great work that Smile Train is doing — it’s cool to see the fruits of their labor. So come support!”
Our Impact in Mexico
as of June 2022