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Operation Smile co-founder and president Kathy Magee smiles for a photo wearing a yellow shirt and a red Operation Smile lanyard.

FEATURED: Operation Smile President on Rwanda's newest plastic surgeons, future strategy

Operation Smile, an international medical charity organization, held a graduation gala on Saturday, August 26 marking the graduation of Rwanda's newest plastic surgeons: Dr. Yves Nezerwa, Dr. Francoise Mukagaju, and Dr. Ian Shyaka.
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Operation Smile student volunteers Hailey Dore and Harper Kolba at the 2023 Shamrock Operation Smile Final Mile.

WAVY (Virginia): "I Am Hampton Roads: Hailey Dore"

A local high school freshman is making a difference in the lives of children around the world who have a cleft condition just like her through her efforts with Operation Smile. Meet Hailey Dore in this week’s I Am Hampton Roads.
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The starting line of the 2023 Shamrock Operation Smile Final Mile on WAVY's Hampton Roads Show

WAVY (Virginia): "Reck on the Road: Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile"

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Thousands of runners took part in this past weekend’s Shamrock Marathon, and while there is plenty of energy in all the events…there’s nothing quite like the Operation Smile Shamrock Marathon Final Mile.
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Emily Carleton of Missouri contributes to the conversation during the Cleft Connect Panel at ISLC 2022.

Eagle 93.9 (Missouri): "Cleft condition advocate at Mizzou taking her talents to Operation Smile"

A Mizzou senior who was born with a cleft condition plans to attend medical school to help others, and she’s also started an Operation Smile club at the school in Columbia. Hannibal native Emilee Carleton tells 939 the Eagle that she’s undergone 14 surgeries to help repair her cleft condition.
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Operation Smile student volunteer Emilee Carleton on KRCG

KRCG (Missouri): "Operation Smile recognizes Mizzou senior for her contributions"

February 20th is National Student Volunteer Day and Emilee Carleton, a senior at the University of Missouri, is being recognized by Operation Smile, a nonprofit which specializes in cleft surgery and care. Emilee started the Operation Smile Club at Mizzou in 2021.
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Operation Smile volunteer nurse Dr. Carmen Kamas-Weiting

Aegis Dental Network: "Children's Dental Health Month: Local Dentist Travels to Developing Countries to Treat Kids with Cleft Conditions"

This National Children’s Dental Health Month, Operation Smile is recognizing dedicated volunteer Dr. Carmen Kamas-Weiting from Houston, Texas. Dr. Kamas-Weiting has been volunteering with Operation Smile since 1996 and her enthusiasm for working with children in low- and middle- income countries is as strong as ever.
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Operation Smile volunteer clinical coordinator Claire Donaghy during a 2017 surgical program in the Philippines. "The Unsung: NJ nurse travels the world to make sure children can smile"

Claire Donaghy is just as much at home in Central Africa as she is in New Jersey. The William Paterson University nursing professor said she's found a second home in Rwanda, a nation she first visited with Operation Smile in 2014. The 68-year-old is eager to return in either April or November. "The country is beautiful and the people are wonderful. They are so welcoming and trying hard to educate their nurses to high standards," she said. "That's not to say I won't go other places."
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Joan Gachuhi

ABC 10 (California): "Operation Smile works to provide free, safe cleft surgery"

West Coast Development Director Joan Gachuhi is a Sacramento State Hornet and Folsom resident. She says she's always wanted the opportunity to serve her community. "As a first generation Kenyan American, I have on many occasions been on the receiving end of what we call Harambe, which means 'all pull together.' For me to be able to give back to my community, be able to put my my talents to a mission that improves people's lives, that is all I could ask for," said Gachuhi.
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Operation Smile volunteer nurse Noreen Kessler

6 ABC Action News (Pennsylvania): "Hometown Hero: Chester County, Pa. woman helps deliver smiles around the world"

KENNETT SQUARE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A Chester County woman is improving the lives of children around the world by giving them the gift of a new smile. Noreen Kessler from Kennett Square has been volunteering with Operation Smile for nearly 30 years.


It takes as little as $240 and as few as 45 minutes to provide life-changing surgery and a bright, beautiful new smile to a waiting child.