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OperationSmile.org – Dr. Bill Magee & Kathy Magee

n 1982, Dr. Bill Magee and Kathy Magee, his wife, traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children's cleft lips and cleft palates. They discovered hundreds of children ravaged by deformities, and although they helped many children, the volunteers were forced to turn away the majority of those who sought help. The Magees saw the need and Operation Smile was born. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz39y7vUvCg] Operation Smile is a charity organization healing children's smiles, making the world a better place. As a children’s charity, they measure themselves by the joy they see on all of the faces they help. Operation Smile is more than a charity organization. More than an NGO (Non Governmental Organization). They are a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. More than 200,000 children are born with a severe cleft condition each year — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life. That's where Operation Smile comes in as an international charity providing much needed surgical services. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided free surgeries to children around the world. As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world and with a presence in over 50 countries, they are able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future. Thanks to the generosity and spirit of volunteerism shown by their supporters, they heal thousands of children per year and, today, more than 150,000 girls and boys have a new chance at a new life because of the organizations work. With your help, how many lives can Operation Smile change tomorrow? To make a donation, click here by: Sam Leccima & Shani Leccima

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