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The Mia Moo Fund is organizing a new event to raise awareness about cleft lip and palate and help children affected by this condition.

For only $20, donors can win a boat from professional fisherman Jim Dillard and help the Mia Moo Fund in the process.

Mia Robertson’s mother, Duck Dynasty star Missy Robertson, wrote on her Facebook account: “Help a child with cleft lip/palate by buying a raffle ticket and you could win this boat! Lots of other prizes, too.”

The Mia Moo Fund also announced on its official website, miamoo.org:

“The Mia Moo Fund is proud to present the Jim Dillard Boat Giveaway, an amazing opportunity to generate awareness about cleft lip and palate. These children are born with difficulties that are difficult for most to comprehend, but we know that we can still do a lot to achieve what used to be considered impossible. Donors have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a low price with all the proceeds going to help U.S. children in need of assistance. We will be hosting a raffle for the chance to meet Jim Dillard and win his famous bass fishing boat!

The fabulous prize is Jim Dillard’s 2014 Basscat Puma FTD with a Yamaha 250 SHO Outboard, Minn Kota Fortrex 112 Trolling Motor, 12’ Minn Kota Talon, and Hummingbird Electronics. It is a top of the line boat that is sure to please any fisherman, hobbyist or anything in-between!

The Mia Moo Fund is offering a Jim Dillard boat to raise awareness about cleft lip and palate and help children affected by this condition

The Mia Moo Fund is offering a Jim Dillard boat to raise awareness about cleft lip and palate and help children affected by this condition (photo miamoo.org)

With your support, we can help change the lives of children by funding vital research that can help those suffering from a cleft lip or cleft palate, and can grant these children with an increased quality of life. With your help we can help these kids gain a whole new perspective, one that is sure to help them develop into extraordinary people. We aim to help these children find confidence in themselves to accomplish their dreams, and to obtain the ability to reach their full potential.

Donors can purchase tickets on Jim Dillard’s website at http://www.jimdillardbassboatgiveaway.com/. The price of one ticket is twenty dollars, but there is no limit to the amount of tickets that can be purchased. Ticket purchases can only be made by individuals who are age twenty one or older, and all contestants must abide by applicable federal and state laws and regulations. All proceeds will go to the Mia Moo Fund to help generate awareness and directly help U.S. children with cleft lip and palate in need of assistance.

When an entrant purchases one of these raffle tickets, they will receive a unique number. The raffle drawing is scheduled to take place on November 8th, 2014, where all numbers will be placed in a box. If your number is drawn, then you win!

Donors will also be entering for a chance to meet world renowned sports fisherman Jim Dillard, a friend and avid supporter of the Mia Moo Fund. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, one that is sure to be a memorable experience for anyone interested in professional sport fishing.

Jim Dillard is a professional sport fisherman from Louisiana, and is also nine-year Walmart FLW Tour veteran. He is renowned for his ability to perform on many different bodies of water, and is loved by fans for his ability to remain consistent no matter what circumstance he is in. Dillard boasts five top-ten finishes in the top levels of sport fishing, and has qualified twice for the Forrest Wood Cup, a feat that every angler aspires to.”


Duck Dynasty’s Mia Robertson, the 10-year-old daughter of Jase and Missy Robertson, was born with a cleft lip and palate.

Missy and Jase Robertson recently launched the Mia Moo Fund, whose slogan is “Because Every Kid Deserves A Smile,” to raise awareness and help children with similar problems.

Missy Robertson revealed the story of Mia’s cleft lip and palate on the fund website:

“Jase & I learned that Mia had a cleft lip and possible cleft palate at 31 weeks gestation, thanks to a 4-D ultrasound. We were able to prepare ourselves and our boys, as best as we knew how, for a few weeks before she was born at 37 weeks gestation.

Mia Elaine Robertson was born on September 12, 2003, with a bilateral cleft lip and palate & it was through a mutual friend, we met a family in our area who had a son born with this same condition just a few months before Mia. This family lead us to the International Craniofacial Institute in Dallas, Texas, where we traveled when Mia was 17 days old. They checked her from head to toe and fitted her with a palatal appliance in order to give a “fake roof” to her mouth.

Ten-year-old Mia Robertson was born with a cleft lip and palate

Ten-year-old Mia Robertson was born with a cleft lip and palate

This helped tremendously in the feeding process as it aided in allowing her milk to travel down her throat instead of out her nose. We did our best to fatten her up over the next few weeks in order to get her healthy enough for her first surgery, correction of the cleft lip. At 3 months old, Mia underwent her first corrective surgery. Jase and I were prepared to physically take care of our daughter, but we were not prepared emotionally as to how different she would look after this surgery. We had fallen in love with that sweet face for 3 months and were not prepared for the swelling and stitches that we saw in the recovery room. It was a very emotional time.

Our baby looked so different, and we actually wondered if it would have been better if we had chosen not to put her through the surgery. In just a couple of days, the swelling diminished entirely, and we soon realized that this indeed was the best thing to do for our child. I try to help parents in this regard so they do not experience the same trauma that we did. Mia healed quickly, and we continued to prepare her for the next surgery. She had palate correction surgery at 7 months old. After having her palatal appliance cleaned 3-5 times a day for 7 months, Mia now had her own natural palate. She was a happy baby who loved her mama and hardly ever wanted to be away from me. This is extremely common with babies who need so much medical attention. No worries. I took her to work with me at Duck Commander, and she played on the floor and with her Mamaw Kay while we worked…”

Read full story on Mia Moo Fund website.

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