💙 (Story): Hello everyone! My name is Henry Baddour and I am 18 years old. And as some of you may know, I am the founder of CleftProud. I was born with a bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate in UNC Hospitals in North Carolina on November 3rd, 1999. I have had over 15 surgeries in order to correct my Cleft between the ages of less than a year to a year ago. I have also spoken during multiple events related to Cleft. Having a Cleft has definitely had its ups and downs but I wouldn’t trade having a Cleft or my experiences related to it for anything. It made me who I am today and it has given me a perspective on life I wouldn’t have otherwise had. During the recovery of most major surgery (jaw surgery) which held me out of school for a half a year, I felt very alone and wanted to talk to people who had been though exactly what I was going through. So I decided to look online for something like that and all I found were resources that connected parents of Cleft children. In light of that, I decided to create that needed resource on my own and created CleftProud so no other child had to feel alone like I did. I can definitely say #IAmCleftProud now thanks to my wonderful family and girlfriend. My goal in creating CleftProud is to help everyone else affected by Cleft to become proud of who they are and what they look like just like I am. 💙 Go to www.CleftProud.com for more information!