Operation Smile to be featured on CNN’s Primetime Special, Champions for Change

Press Release
Posted 6/21/2018

Operation Smile, an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities, will be featured on CNN’s, Champions for Change.  Operation Smile ambassador and “New Day” anchor, Alisyn Camerota, will introduce Operation Smile as a cause that’s close to her heart.  

“We’re excited and honored that Alisyn is highlighting Operation Smile as part of CNN’s Champions for Change. She’s a longtime supporter who has a great emotional connection to the organization.  This opportunity allows a greater audience to become familiar with our organization that in turn will help us help more children who need life changing cleft lip or cleft palate surgeries,” said Kristie Magee Porcaro, Senior Vice President, Global Philanthropy.

Champions for Change is a prime-time special that gives CNN anchors an opportunity to introduce leaders and volunteers behind inspiring organizations. “It’s amazing to see how in the space of an hour these children’s lives can be changed.  It’s really inspiring,” said Camerota. “My daughters were born prematurely so I can relate to the idea of having a baby who needs more medical care than you ever expected,” she added.

The CNN host spent time at Operation Smile’s Comprehensive Care Center in Bogota Colombia. During her visit she witnessed a surgery, met numerous patients, their family members, and the Operation Smile Colombia team. Camerota‘s 5 minute feature about Operation Smile is set to air in primetime on Champions for Change with host Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Saturday, June 23rd at 8pm.*

*please note that all broadcast airtimes are subject to change at CNN’s discretion.

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of safe surgeries for those born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. With more than three decades of expertise, Operation Smile creates solutions that deliver free surgery to people where it’s needed most.  As one of the largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile has mobilized thousands of medical volunteers from a wide range of medical specialties from more than 80 countries. Operation Smile engages public-private partnerships to advance health care delivery, train local medical professionals to provide surgical care for patients in their communities, donate crucial medical equipment and supplies, and increase access to surgical care so that everyone living with cleft is treated. Visit www.operationsmile.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.