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Press Release April 17, 2020

Operation Smile Launches “Thank You” Campaign to Express Gratitude to its Medical Volunteers and all Medical Professionals on the Frontlines of the U.S. Coronavirus Fight

While most Americans are being told to stay home, Operation Smile medical volunteers like Dr. Jennifer Lin, who works in urgent care at a Seattle hospital, are showing up at work to make sure patients receive the care they need and deserve.  
“As a family medicine doctor this is what I’m trained to do. We’re trained to help people from birth to death. We have the skills to help and we’re doing our very best for patients in Seattle during this pandemic,” said Lin. 
To thank Lin, as well as all Operation Smile medical volunteers and medical professionals on the frontlines of the Coronavirus fight, Operation Smile is launching a “Thank You” campaign. 
“This is a way to express gratitude to our incredible volunteers across the U.S. and all those in the healthcare field. We thank them for their dedication and bravery. They are the ones who are working relentlessly to help save lives during this global health crisis,” said Kathy Magee,” a former nurse and Co-Founder of Operation Smile. 
The campaign launches today and coincides with National Doctor’s Day - an annual observance aimed at appreciating physicians who help save lives everywhere. 
“Operation Smile staff members are creating messages of encouragement, thanks and hope for medical professionals who are risking their own health to fight Covid-19. Staff are taking pictures holding those messages which are now posted on our various social media platforms,” Magee added. 
Lin heard about the campaign and appreciates the kind gesture. “It’s great to have this kind of support because we’re in a stressful situation. We are doing this despite our own concerns for the well-being of our families and friends. However, I do try to stay positive. This campaign helps me do just that,” Linn concluded. 

About Operation Smile: Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of safe surgeries for those born with cleft lip and cleft palate. 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, find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter. ## 


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