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WVEC (Virginia, U.S.): "'Cycle For Smiles' wraps up months-long global fundraiser in Virginia Beach"

The cycling event crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to wrap up the fundraiser for Operation Smile. Photojournalist Bono Herrera brings you their story.
Philippines

CNN Philippines: "Operation Smile has brought smiles to patients in need of cleft care and other essential surgeries"

For 40 years, Operation Smile has brought smiles to patients in need of cleft care and other essential surgeries. Most recently, the team visited Cebu to make a difference to Filipino children's lives.
United States

WVEC (Virginia, U.S.): "'Smiling today, seven surgeries later' | Former patient, doctor reunite at Operation Smile 40-year celebration"

... One of the surgeons who helped [Shaun Warnecke] through a lot of his care is plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Rosenblum. Rosenblum volunteered with Operation Smile as a medical student when his dad encouraged him to go on a [surgical program]. He said since then, he was hooked on the organization's efforts and decided to focus on plastic surgery to help children like the ones treated by Operation Smile. ...
Philippines

CNN Philippines: "NGO provides health care for those with cleft lip, palate | The Final Word"

"The Final Word" with Rico Hizon is CNN Philippines' flagship late-night news program focusing on the most significant news stories of the day from the Philippines and around the world. In this interview with Operation Smile Philippines executive director Emiliano Romano, he and Hizon highlight Operation Smile's work in the Philippines and delve into the foundation's current initiatives, including Women in Medicine, their 40th anniversary and plans for the new care center in Cebu.
United States

WVEC (Virginia, U.S.): "Filipino American History Month | Meet the Virginia Beach man still aiding his home country"

Edd Basilio said he's gone on roughly two dozen international trips to aid in Operation Smile's initiative to fix cleft lip and palate conditions. ... If age is just a number, Edd Basilio is the first one to tell you: making a difference can come at any age.
United States

Post Independent (Colorado, U.S.): "An ambassador for smiles: Glenwood Springs freshman helps promote orofacial cleft awareness"

... And, recently, [Willy] Sikora was named student ambassador for a Colorado Cycle for Smiles event that took place Saturday in Basalt. The event, set to raise $5,000 for Smiles, invited riders to cycle 40 miles through the peaks and valleys of the Roaring Fork Valley.
South Africa

Independent on Saturday (South Africa): "Women in Medicine give kids an ‘amazing smile’"

... International non-profit organisation Operation Smile assembled a specialist all-female team of more than 80 volunteers from across the world who have spent the past week in Lilongwe, helping to change the children’s lives.
South Africa

Independent Online (South Africa): "SA doctors travel to Malawi to assist with cleft palate surgeries"

... Operation Smile’s Women in Medicine surgical programme brought together 82 women from across 15 countries and 12 specialties for the surgical, education and research programmes beginning in Lilongwe last Friday and running until September 17.
United States

The Aspen Times (Colorado, U.S.): "... student named Colorado Cycle for Smiles ambassador"

Glenwood Springs High School freshman Willy Sikora has been named student ambassador for the upcoming Colorado Cycle for Smiles, a fundraising event Sept. 17 in Basalt for global surgical nonprofit Operation Smile. Colorado Cycle for Smiles will bring together participants from across the state to cycle 40 miles through the peaks and valleys of northern Colorado representing 40 years of Operation Smile. The event will take place on September 17 in Basalt, Colorado, and another ride will be taking place in Boulder, Colorado, on September 18.

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