It's time to get inspired with our Better People segment. Today we are shinning the light on Kelly Mabry, a professor at Southern Connecticut State University who is helping children around the world.
Kelly is a speech pathologist, who helps screen children who have cleft palates, which is a birth defect resulting in a mouth that doesn't form properly.
She just returned last month from Bolivia, where she volunteered for a week to help kids with cleft palates and cleft lips. She's has screened more than 300 poor children who otherwise would not be able to afford a surgery or treatment.
Kelly has started an Operation Smile Club at Southern, which recently garnered 50 toothbrushes during a fundraiser for the Bolivian kids.
A few years ago, she engaged in a similar mission in Africa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And she plans to go to Ecuador in March to perform similar work.