Morgan Humphries of New York City is a longtime Smile Train supporter. Originally from Arkansas, Morgan’s father was a pediatric dentist who taught him about helping others at an early age. “I remember my father devoted a good amount of time to charity cases, essentially donating his services to help very poor children,” Morgan recalls.
“My father worked alongside surgeons, providing dental care to children with clefts — many of them needed extensive orthodontic care afterwards. I think that was his most rewarding work, helping children who had nowhere else to turn,” Morgan shares. “I remember my father saying, ‘Without the surgery the child has almost no chance for success, with the surgery there is no limit to what they can achieve.’ ”
Inspired by his father’s goodwill, Morgan began donating to Smile Train in 2004. After years of continued support, Morgan started thinking about how he could have an even greater impact on children in need of cleft care around the world. “As I read more about Smile Train and got to know some of the New York and international teams, I was impressed with the reach of the program, moved by the many wonderful patient and family success stories, and pleasantly surprised by the economic impact that cleft surgery has on local communities,” he says. “I knew I had to do more.”
In thinking about his family and his estate plans, Morgan realized he could make a much larger gift through a bequest in his will than he could consider during his lifetime. He notes, “I know Smile Train will put my gift to good use, creating new smiles for children in great need. In some ways, I think of this as continuing my father’s life work, and it makes me feel good.”
Morgan hopes to see Smile Train in action the next time he travels to a country that has Smile Train sponsored cleft care. “I was awestruck by a presentation by several of Smile Train’s in-country staff. I know that meeting patients and partners firsthand will further confirm I made the right choice in creating smiles through my estate plans.”
To learn more about how to name Smile Train as a beneficiary of your retirement assets or life insurance, visit our Smiles for Life Society page. You can also contact us at 646-829-0984 or email plannedgivin[email protected].