Operation Smile: Portraits to save smiles

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Updated: 4/26/2014 6:40 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - For 11 years, Pete Rezac has captured his world through a lens.

"The very first time I saw print come to life in a developer tray, I was immediately hooked,” says Rezac. “I just love it, and that's what fuels me."

Now using his passion for photography, Rezac is teaming up with Pitts orthodontics in Reno to save smiles for children around the world

One hundred percent of the day's portrait proceeds will go to Operation Smile, a program that treats children who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. Last year’s event was a success.

"We generated enough to fund 8 surgeries,” says Rezac. “It’s tremendously rewarding … that I can utilize photography to actually make a difference in someone else's life."

The Gumns are back a second year for portraits. They have a family member who received an Operation Smile surgery and know the difference it can make.

"It's amazing to be able to look at the pictures that we're now going to be able to put side by side, on our wall, and watch our girls grow up and watch their smiles and know another child is going to have that same beautiful smile,” says Becky Gumns.

Every three minutes a child is born with a facial deformity, and the dental professionals at Pitts say each portrait is more than a snapshot.

"It’s actually saving lives,” says dental assistant, Ashley Hughes. “These children that are born with this facial deformity: only one in 10 survive."

Dental hygienist, Alli Giguiere adds, “Our smiles is (sic) one of our biggest things. When we meet people, we look at teeth, our confidence. We all want a great smile. So to change someone's entire life is just very powerful."

Today, Rezac charged 24 dollars for each person. Every ten smiles captured today will pay for one Operation Smile surgery, which costs $240 dollars.

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