Smiling it Forward

Tylenol Smiling It ForwardFirst, I have to thank you for all of the brilliant questions you posted for me to present at the Smiling it Forward event today.   Dr. Aliza was so informative and took the time out to answer a few of your questions.  My mind was blown by some of the answers!  So, thank you again for all of the ongoing support you show my blog, there was no way I could have come up with all of those questions myself.

I had the pleasure to attend the Smiling it Forward event hosted by TYLENOL® and I was truly rewarded by learning all about the Childrens Health Fund and all of the wonderful things they do in our communities. I sat alongside a few (famous) Latina bloggers and had to pinch myself a few times in order to believe that I was invited to be in the same room as such influential women.  It was a great experience.that inspired me to share one of the most difficult times of my life with you all. Something that possibly only 4 of my friends know and now, well you.

In 2007 my husband and I had already had a taste of what was to come in 2008 with the financial downturn.  He works in finance and had been laid off by three huge companies in less than one year due to cutbacks.  We were forced to live off of savings and the whopping $408 (before taxes) that my husband was receiving from unemployment.  I was very fortunate to have my family who allowed my husband, myself and our new daughter to live rent free.  I was also very fortunate to have my father’s colleagues offer free healthcare for my tiny family at their private practices.  It was one of the most difficult times of my life and during that time I would wonder what happened to the other women, children and families that did not have the amazing support system that I had.  Where did they go?  How could they afford getting to and from a doctor’s appointment?  How can a parent afford a $30, $40 and sometimes even $50 co-pay for a doctor’s visit when they are already doing everything they can in order to keep their family’s heads above water?  Today, those questions and time of my life that I had shut off because I did not ever want to revisit that reality were answered.

Children’s Health Fund is an organization that aims to provide top of the line healthcare for “medically forgotten children” as Kate Conrad said today on our tour of the Doctor’s office on wheels.   These mobile clinics currently have 301 service sites, of those sites, 70% of them are at schools and CHF was able to service 83,000 (THOUSAND! THOUSAND!) patients last year.  This even includes prenatal care!  Oh yeah, they will see adults too.  We are fortunate to have two service sites in the New York area.  While I had to bend over backwards, do 5 cartwheels across a freeway and twirl around 10 times like a ballerina in order to get my medical records sent from one doctor’s office to the other just last week, this mobile clinic is completely paperless!  If for some reason they have to send information to their partnered hospital, they can do that immediately and will even provide the carfare if needed for you to get to the hospital.  Is this America?  Is this real life?  Yes, yes it is and now you will see how you can help the Children’s Health Fund provide care for even more people in need.

Between June 23, 2014 and November 30, 2014, McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL® is inviting anyone 18 and older to upload a “smile” photo on the TYLENOL® Facebook page. Each approved “smile” will trigger a $1 donation from TYLENOL® to Children’s Health Fund, with a minimum donation of $75,000 and a maximum donation of $100,000. Review Terms and Conditions for complete program details. For information about Children’s Health Fund, visit

Let’s work together to help all of those, “medically forgotten” children and upload a picture of our child’s cheesy, teethy (teethie?) or sometimes even gummy smile and Smile it Forward!

Remember all those great questions you guys asked me?  Well, you will find the answers to a few of your questions in the video listed below.

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