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Shared: Sean's "1001
little buddy =). You never knew this but I'd promised your mom that I
would give drum lessons to her first boy. Little did I know that it
would be me that would learn the biggest lesson of all... Smile! Your
smile was too bright for this world...but it is undoubtably shining
bigger and brighter than ever.
Thank you Sean. By the way,
that lesson is still on for when we meet in the next life."
Hyorki N. Valderrama
"Unbelievable. This is truly unbelievable.
How so much love and hope for so many little children can come from
so much horror suffered by one child and his family is unreal.
Truly, I am
speechless. I have never heard of anything like this."
Our staff has been
touched by your story. Your son lives on in so many little ones.
We hope you find peace in
knowing that his brief life was so meaningful.
Marie G., Ft. Lauderdale
Like many I am humbled upon reading of your family's journey with
For me, it is a story of grace defined in... little Sean.
I suspect there were others too.
You have a wonderful and amazing
Thank you for sharing in this way.
I'll certainly share 1001smiles with others and look into donating to
Truly an incredible story and very inspiring. Incredibly sad but
incredibly beautiful in the end!
my condolenses for this terrible loss but a big WOW for the end result
for a brave little guy.
This is the kind of story more people should hear about, for many
Expect a letter addressed from Smile
Train to your family about this in the next few days...
The decision to donate was motivated by
a love for you, for Sean even though we only know him by your
wonderful website, your husband and daughter and the fantastic work
that the charity does.
I canít imagine how you feel...
Bill and Myra Henley
My team and I are amazed at the loving
result of this story and terribly disappointed in... those who caused
Perhaps one day they find the courage to send you the apology you and your
Rest assured many of us in the medical
profession still do honor our patients' trust.
Hopefully you will find some some comfort in
the faces of the children your son has saved!
Ann, PICU RN
This is very inspirational - - sort of a domino effect of the best
kind. It's always very interesting to me that all it takes is one
action on the part of someone to get the ball rolling. What a great
testimony to their son's life.
I come to the link often, just to remind
myself of the blessing that is to be a mom.
I am so happy you had the heart and the patience to see it all become
a reality and what I love the most is
that you make the statement that the 1001 smile is that of your son
that alone brings tears of joy to my eyes!!!
I am sure he is in heaven smiling big and watching over all of you and
those little angels helped on his behalf!!
Jenny G. and family
I'm so proud...for giving your son such a wonderful legacy of all
to go. The pics were very moving.
Wonderful story to share and a true love giving gift. God Bless (Sean) for
this gift to others in need.
I visit often and what ever negative
thing was happening that day it seems to disappear or diminish,
Long live Sean in the smiles of
Thanks so much.... It makes me cry, both from sadness and happiness.
What a beautiful thing. Tikun Olam...to repair the world... this is a step in the
right direction. G-d bless.
What a great way to give
There are really no words to convey all that you and your family went
through- to overcome all the obstacles, not to mention all the pain...
What a wonderful legacy for your family and for Sean.
May God continue to Bless You and Your Family
Your angel is definitely smiling
I am so sad Sean and your family have suffered so
terribly- so incredibly unfair and maddening.
How beautiful though to see what a blessing his
life has turned out to be for so many needy kids.
Wow. Excellent... God bless. Talk about a state of grace.
What a beautiful web-site youíve created on behalf of your son! It is
They do say that God works in mysterious ways and I can see how heís
done that through your son.
The pictures are beautiful! Iím glad that the long ordeal is over and
that a new chapter in your lives has begun.
Iím sure that many of the children whose lives youíve touched...will
keep in touch through this web-site
and the memory of Sean will continue forever!
N. D. Rio
I did visit the web site and felt very uplifted
You and your family have done a wonderful, and special deed in
Sean's name and I am honored to know you what you have
Congrats. I can only guess how emotional and yet satisfying this must
What a wonderful gift to so many. I will certainly pass it on.
WOW!! Holiness, this entire story is unbelievable. Thanks for putting
up this website. How inspiring.
"Truly amazing. I cried as I read your tragic story, but I
when I read your success story of helping and bringing a smile to
so many angels.
No parents should go through what you have gone through, but
God has truly given you the strength to make a difference in this
May God continue to bless you and your family.
Love always Gloria"
Marilyn's post on facebook page:
depicted is only a taste of what was endured as a family met
the challenge and turned a tragedy to a victory. Congrats Chad, Michele, Sara and Sean.
I know that Sean is shining down on us
Marilyn Hernandez, RN
I remember meeting Sean in North Carolina at his grandparents.
Such a bright light in
his eyes. The ineffable quality that has allowed you
turn his tragic
circumstances into smiles is truly inspiring.
The website is just great!
I am touched beyond words....
Thank you for sharing this with me and of course I will send this to
I love you my friend and wish only the best in life for you.
Take care and keep in touch.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS WONDERFUL NEWS.
MY WIFE AND I WERE YERY
MOVED BY YOUR STORY. WE ARE VERY PROUD...
I AM SURE SEAN IS ALSO
PROUD. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU WITH GREAT STRENGTH
Wonderful story to share and a true love giving gift. God Bless
I'm touched by this.
I spent time on your website and viewed the
youtube of your newscast. Thank you both...
I'm at a loss for words, but I will say that I am very emotionally
affected by this.
Thank you so much for fighting not only to right a wrong done to
but for having the vision to (literally and figuratively) bring
smiles to so many faces out of a difficult situation...
Sean will live on in so many hearts. God bless you and your family.
"I saw this page and it was amazing! I am so happy that you had the
opportunity to do this. I can't imagine how grateful those familes
Those kids, as you said can now possibly live a normal life...
I know Sean is proud... Many blessings to you and your family."
It is truly my honor.. your family,
who through such a tragic event found the silver lining and
gave back so much, even though it cost
you so much more. I am a father now and cannot even begin to
imagine the pain you must still go through, as
I could not imagine my life without my little baby boy.
I fight the tears knowing that you had
to go through so much only to help 1000. I wish it was 100
I hope that I find the same strength if such an event should ever befall
myself or my family...
this cause, although beset through
Sean, was yet another addition
to the many lives
...shaped through music for
so long. I am humbled.
I now succumb to my tears, because I can't even see the keyboard
Bravo!! On (the) accomplishments and turning a very sad situation into a
"WOW !! To say I am in awe of all the miracles your family managed to
reap from such a horrible tragedy would be an understatement. God
I haven't looked through all the pictures yet but I did look at the
read the story about Sean, plus saw the video of the interview...
I had no idea Sean had left such a legacy behind...
being able to take a situation that would entirely devastate many,
and turning it into 1001 smiles.
God Bless You both and the rest of your family...
I know there's a little angel sitting on each of your
and his name is Sean.
"Thank you! =)"
Your little boy Sean is truly an inspiration to us all!!"
I know a little bit of what you went through, I lost my brother 3
after 8 years of watching him suffer and deteriorate due to medical
I'm currently in the hell of legal action against the hospital...
One day, we'll trade war stories.
Till then God Bless, because what you are doing
in the name of your son is amazing.
Un Abrazo, Nelson
Congratulations on Giving Miles of Smiles
(This) continues to amaze me... I am in awe of
your 1001 Smiles Project.
I celebrate your successes and I am sorrowful for
your losses, trials and tribulations.
All My Love, Comfort and Blessings to You!
God bless you and your family. To make a triumph out of a tragedy is
something truly special
I cried for an hour...
What a way to turn tragedy
and pain into a life saving journey.
Sean will live in each and
everyone of those kids helped ... God bless...
Iím sure your little angel is SMILING
at you from heaven.
I looked at the pictures and was impressed by the number of children and
their age range.
I became teary-eyed looking at the smiling faces and those that were
...a wonderful thing, and your faced showed it.
Your daughter looked like she enjoyed herself as well.
Thanks for sharing with me.
This is beautiful!
I loved it. How sweet those faces!! I love that Sara is
involved in all of it.
She deserves to know how special her brother was and the legacy
he has left in so many lives.
Maria Elena Diaz de Villegas
You have endured such pain and grief and horror and yet...(Sean
was) chosen to be an instrument of love,
hope, and compassion. Bless you and your entire family.
"...and ensure Sean had not died in vain.
The ripple effect of Sean's "1001 Smiles"
can never be
measured, but it is certain that future
generations will be created
where none would
have even existed... making this a story that truly has no end"
There is nothing I can add......really, I
have not finished the pictures of the cities,
but I just want to thank you...
can only assume any other person that has the privilege to see
what (has been) done on behalf of Sean.
I was so taken with this site and the video and all of it. Our daughter
had a cleft.
What this family went through and then what they did on behalf of their
son's memory is really beautiful.
What an awesome, awesome message to the world.
It inspires me to want to sponsor a child. I didn't know they had that
program. Thank you for sharing this.:)
That's awesome!!!! this is so extremely genuine and beautiful!!!!
...Keep spreading positivety!!!!!
... to make a difference in the lives of other children is incredible.
What an amazing way to celebrate the life of your son.
Lor Demorest Jordan
Thanks so much for sharing...awesome. God Bless you and your family
I cried for Sean's suffering and for the heartbreak
of a loving family.
Whenever you are overwhelmed by pain and sadness,
I pray that you find solace in your son's incredible
I've gone to the website and... to find happiness/fulfillment
(after) such a tragic loss is actually beautiful.
Thank you so much for
sharing 1001 Smiles... It brought me to tears to see all the amazing
I know Sean is Smiling down from Heaven.
Maria Lacayo Cardenas
Our daughter is a
"smile train baby". she was born in China in Nov. 2005 with a
significant cleft lip and palate. She was abandoned in a hospital in
Baoding City, China (just SW of Beijing) in mid-Dec. 2005. Her lip was
repaired in Sept. 2006 and palate in April 2007 thanks to people...who
donate to Smile Train... and
the great work of this amazing organization.
In Nov. 2007, Lily (Nan Hua) became our daughter. We had no record of
her before her surgery.
I innocently emailed Smile Train with the
information we had about her and within 24 hours we had pictures, the
name of the physician and the date of the repairs! I was awe-struck. Not
only did Smile Train give her an amazing opportunity with the repair but
they gave us, her mama and daddy, a history that we never would have
Thank you...i can tell you from a parents perspective that what... have offered to these children
and families is amazing...
Sean's and your
suffering has alleviated the suffering of so many.
Susan & Stephen Hollis
Truly inspirational! I'm sure
you are aware that words cannot describe the joy
placed in these children's
lives through perseverance.
Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful and wonderful experience.
Thanks so much for sharing... awesome. God
Bless you and your family
Soraya Diaz Herran-Flynn
God bless your family. To make a triumph out of a tragedy is something truly
and God Bless Sean and your family.
...truly inspirational! Your little angel is smiling down from heaven
and love in his heart. ............. well, no words can
really describe it.
Bless you and your
family and little Sean!
His memory will live on in thousands of
Lisa McCumber Gandara
This is a blessing always
looking out for others you and your family will be blessed forever.
I was just
forwarded and e-mail with a link to 1001 smiles.
parent, Iíve now learned that even in the most difficult and impossible
with, there is still love and compassion to be found and expressed.
I'm very happy that Sean was able to help so many children.
Wishing you and your family always the best.
Wow! It was wonderful to see the pictures.
May the Lord bless you and your family.... Many children were
No words can describe the long term impact
and effect this will have on them and their families for years to come.
May Sean's memory continue to live in all
Lots of love, Keila
Dana Grunwald Shay
From Claudia Torres:
Little by little I have been sharing your website to my friends.
A few of them took a look at it and below is what they had to say.
What my friend Brooke had to
that is such an
amazing story! I actually see Smile Train representatives every time I
go to Peru.
They are a
my friend Kee had to say:
Thanks for making me cry Claudia. What a
All the angels up in heaven (including Sean) must
be soooo proud....
What a truly awesome project!
Stacy Berger Brazier
"just read,saw the site. i was very touched by your story and was
amazed on how
so much positive could come out of such a tragedy. whatever i can do to
please let me know."
"Thanks for sharing! Full of tears of joy when I read it. What your
Sean have accomplished is amazing and so well deserved! There's nothing
than putting a smile on a child's face!"
I love what you guys have done!
"Thank you for sharing. It is such an amazing thing that all these
have a chance at enjoying a life with so many new alternatives now
them. It is always a great thing when children can and do smile."
This is a wonderful cause,
What an incredible thing... such a profound difference in so my lives.
To know that (Sean) has helped those kids have a more ďnormalĒ life has to
be a feeling
that not many get to experience. I know that you would not have chosen
this particular path,
but have certainly have turned a tragedy into hope for so many.
Thank you for sharing your story. Very inspiring.
wonderful to see the results of your gift!
am in tears. What a truly beautiful thing...out of such a
I am in awe... I haven't heard of anything so
God bless your cause
Very nice to see all those kids smiling. Hugs and kisses to Sean and the
all those children.
experience to see the children (that Sean) literally put a smile on
Thank you a thousand times for sharing this story! I feel
so proud... because
this story has finally taken life! I'm so happy to know
Sean will always live on in our hearts
and in the smiles of those blessed people. God bless!
...beyond words...Seeing those parents bringing their children
to be helped was so moving.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Comment Re: 1001Smiles.com
This website was
brought to my attention by a family member who suggested I post in on my
blog for others to see. Upon viewing it myself, I couldn't help but want
to post it. Here's an example of adversity turned
It is refreshing to hear stories, especially those involving people
in our community, that chronicle pain transformed to love. This story
in particular courtesy of a teacher and her husband who turned the death
of their three-year old son into 1001 smiles
...I just saw the website and I must tell you, I am going
to forward it to every single soul that I know. It is the most
beautiful site I have seen. I donít know if it is that I know of
the story as far back as far back from... (when Sean was born)... all
the way through the battle in the courts,
but every time I read anything on Sean, tears come to my
At first it was due to sadness in my heart but now it is
of joy and satisfaction that Sean won...
I want you to know you and your family are always in my
thoughts and prayers.
All I can say is
To know even one life
has breathed easier because you have lived is
amazing, but 1001,
Iím sure heís smiling
with all of those children in India.
Iím overwhelmed ...
This is beautiful
and I am so glad your wish was fulfilled. Sean's legacy continues!
Hi Michele ... FUACATA!
... I went to the page and it was just nothing less that ...
AMAZING! ... to read
this wonderful endeavor. God bless all of your family.
What a wonderful
experience. I am so happy this was finally able to take place.
you .... Sean lives on in every one
of those smiles.
The website is
amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.
Keep the "train" runnin', it is truly an
inspiration (India? Cool!)!
So proud of you guys.
Stay strong while out there and share
those smiles when you get back.
That is a wonderful story. Thank you
for sharing that. I hope you are doing well.
How absolutely beautiful and inspiring!!
You did it!
..amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this. I'll definitely forward
this. What a great cause.
I was really touched. It's a small world. A friend has been involved w/
and I have gone to fundraisers for this cause. Will definitely
forward this. un abrazo!
A. De Varona
I echo the
comments of those before me.
You chose to
fight and bring some sort of redemption in Sean honor.
Thank you for sharing this. It is truly
touching. I said it once and I will say it again.
Smile Train helps improve the health and
lives of children and young adults...
Being able to help 1,000 kids is not pretty cool, its FANTASTIC.
Absolutely AMAZING! (Sean) will touch many unfortunate children
need help! God Bless your beautiful family.
cool...thanks for sharing and for the work done after suffering
through so much.