“Your gesture of love can give a child a new life …”
–Roselyn Sánchez, Operation Smile Ambassador
Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.
What they found was overwhelming. “People pushed their babies at us.” recalls Kathy. “They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children.” In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children.
They began soliciting donations of surgical equipment and supplies from manufacturers, threw themselves into grassroots fundraising and assembled a volunteer team of 18 doctors, nurses and technicians for their own medical mission to the Philippines. They helped approximately 100 more patients, but again, hundreds still waited.
They saw the need and Operation Smile was born!
Why We Exist:
We dream of a world where no child suffers from lack of access to safe surgery.
For too many families around the world, safe surgery is not an option.
At Operation Smile we believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care. We believe all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own.
That’s what drives each and every one of us: our global network of medical professionals, who donate hundreds of thousands of hours toward the care of children around the world each year, and our supporters who are moved every day to make a difference in the lives of children they’ve never met.
YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT DOUBLES IN IMPACT TO HELP WAITING CHILDREN
Without surgery, 9 out of 10 children with unrepaired cleft conditions will die before their 20th birthdays. It takes as little as $240 and as few as 45 minutes to provide life-saving surgery and a bright, beautiful new smile to a waiting child.
Your gift today will help provide vital surgeries to save children’s lives — and thanks to a generous gift of $300,000 from our dedicated partner, Swimways Corp., any donation you give today will DOUBLE in impact to help even more children.
TO DONATE BY PHONE: 1-888-249-3797
To learn more about the excellent services they provide, including in Latin America, go to: https://secure.operationsmile.org/