Hi and good afternoon. My name is D.B. I am a current 2nd year at UC Berkeley I am afraid to say, I do not remember you, and probably you don’t remember me either, but I wanted to express my gratitude. My father was in the Navy, and I was a baby born with cleft lip and palate.
I searched through old documents yesterday to find my medical records so I could apply for cleft lip and palate scholarships, I also discovered documentations since birth, as well as a July 1995 Medical Newspaper article that included Dr. Soona B. Jahina. She has treated me since I was 2 months old until her retirement and passing. While reading the 1995 Close-Up Navy article, I felt the passion you have for helping individuals with craniofacial defects, and through the words typed on the page about my parent’s reactions regarding surgical treatment, I understood the fright, worries, stress, blessings, and love my parents have for me.
I apologize that I can’t remember every team member’s help, but thanks to you all, I do not feel “defected” at all. I feel absolutely beautiful. And I wanted to let you all know that my social, academic, and every aspect of my life is teeming with love and passion. My high school career, I was Co-Captain of my cheerleading team, and now I am pursuing the Sciences at UC Berkeley so I may help families and individuals with cleft lip and palate.
Thank you so much for all of your great work. I cannot express my gratitude enough, but I am very thankful God is shining through us.