35th Anniversary Celebration
On Friday, November 17, 2017, Operation Smile celebrated 35 years of providing free surgeries for children and young adults in low- and middle-income countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
Dr. Bill Magee and Kathy Magee became inspired to create Operation Smile after witnessing the dire need for life-changing cleft surgeries firsthand in 1982. Through their vision and leadership, and the selfless dedication of our global network of medical volunteers, we have been able to provide people in some of the world’s most impoverished places with safe surgery and deliver ongoing treatment at centers of care around the world. Our services have been – and always will be – free of charge to our patients.
The need remains as dire as ever: Every year, more people die because of lack of access to surgical care than from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
At Operation Smile, we believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care. That’s what drives each and every one of our staff, volunteers and supporters who are moved every day to restore health and dignity to children suffering needlessly from cleft conditions.
Business and community leaders, celebrity Smile Ambassadors and philanthropically-minded individuals have given so generously to ensure that the smiles of children around the world are healed, giving them the opportunity to live healthy and happy lives.
With your support, how many more lives can we change together?
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