Since 2003, Jessica Simpson has served as Operation Smile’s International Youth Ambassador. In this role, she has helped spread awareness for the organization, performed at Operation Smile events, visited Capitol Hill to speak on behalf of the organization and has participated on an international mission to Nakuru, Kenya.
Throughout the past 8 years, Jessica has shown her dedication to Operation Smile. Alongside an Operation Smile international medical mission team in Nakuru, Simpson witnessed the medical volunteers’ skills firsthand by donning scrubs and joining Operation Smile co-founder, Dr. Bill Magee and the surgical team in the operating room.
Simpson also formed a special bond with one child, 1 1/2-year-old Boke, whose father had sold one of his six cows, his only source of income, for money to travel 12 hours in the hopes of receiving surgery for his little girl. Simpson saw Boke through her evaluation and surgery – she comforted Boke as she was put under anesthesia, and then delivered her back to her father after her recovery.
In 2006, she took part in an Operation Smile event at Capitol Hill and, today, she continues her unwavering support for children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate.
Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft condition.