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Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Rating: 4.97 stars   35 reviews 2,374

Address:

2011 Palomar Airport Road Suite 206 Carlsbad CA 92011 USA

Mission:

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts transforms the lives of disadvantaged children and young people with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related health care services. Our vision is to build a community of volunteers committed to seeing that every child with a physical deformity is given the opportunity to have a positive self-image, thereby enriching the lives of both the receiver and giver.

Results:

Since our inception in 1991 Fresh Start Surgical Gifts has provided over $30,000,000 worth of donated medical care to over 7,000 children.

Target demographics:

children and teens suffering from physical deformities

Direct beneficiaries per year:

408 children and teens were served through 1,175 treatments

Geographic areas served:

United States and International

Programs:

Surgery Weekends provide free reconstructive plastic surgery and related medical services to disadvantaged children and young people with physical deformities. Fresh Start hosts six to seven Surgery Weekends a year where some of the most knowledgeable experts in reconstructive surgery donate their time to transform the lives of over 500 children with deformities. Services are provided at the Fresh Start Clinic at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego to children from the US and internationally by an all-volunteer team of surgeons and medical professionals. Some of the conditions treated include: Microtia, Hemangioma, Neurofibromatosis, Hairy Nevus, Cleft lip and Cleft palate, Treacher Collins Syndrome, Portwine Stains, and Hemifacial Microsomia. In our continued effort to offer holistic care to every child we serve, our Surgery Weekends also include a Laser Clinic and speech therapy.

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760-944-7774
www.FreshStart.org

Reviews for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

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1 person found this review helpful

My wife introduced me to Fresh Start and their mission to provide a better quality of life for underprivileged children through the gift of reconstructive surgery. What stood out to me about Fresh Start is the passion of the volunteers (surgeons, nurses, medical providers and staff) and that 100% of donations go into the medical programs. The positive impact this organization can make on a child and their families’ life is incredible! Each child receives long-term care and follow-ups to ensure the best medical outcome.

 
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The work that Fresh Start does never ceases to amaze me! I have personally seen children whose lives are changed due to the reconstructive surgery, dental and medical treatments – all at no cost to patients and their families. I especially love that 100% of contributions go directly to Fresh Start's medical programs. 100%! Plus, each child receives whatever follow up care and treatments are necessary post-surgery. I have been honored to help them and contribute personally and professionally to this amazing organization and will continue to do so.

 
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I've had the pleasure of working with the Fresh Start team for almost four years now and the entire crew has just been amazing. This team is truly dedicated to their cause, helping out not only locally and nationally, but worldwide to change the lives of children in need of their services. What really makes Fresh Start stand out to me is the fact that they support their patients long-term, providing not only surgeries (often several for just one patient), but ongoing therapy and more, and patients include many who started their journeys with Fresh Start as infants and are now in their teens, still receiving the attention they require. I've also been fortunate to hear about patients' journeys first-hand and it's just an incredible thing to witness. The sense of confidence that Fresh Start helps these children gain is something that is priceless. Many of them just want to fit in and feel like a "normal kid" -- the services and resources that Fresh Start provides give them just that, and helps them blossom into such amazing people. I am grateful to know the Fresh Start team and help support their mission!

 
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I have had the pleasure of working with the Fresh Start team for various outreach events and cannot be more impressed with how devoted and dedicated this team is to helping change the lives of children. They are very proactive about their efforts to raise as much awareness as possible for this nonprofit and it's so nice to work with such positive and friendly people!

 
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I've always believed that if one has the ability and capacity to help, then they are obligated to do the right thing. This charity has a really great aim to improve the quality of life of children with medical needs, all with the help of an entirely volunteer staff (which is pretty incredible!) These people are here because they care and are committed to making a difference by devoting their free time to a great charity.

 
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I have had the incredible opportunity to partner with and support Fresh Start in their mission to provide a better quality of life for underprivileged children through the gift of reconstructive surgery. What makes Fresh Start so unique and really strikes a chord with me is that the volunteer team of surgeons, nurses, medical providers and staff is extremely passionate about this cause and donates 100% of their time, allowing for all sponsor donations to go directly back into the medical programs. The positive impact this organization can make on a child and their families’ life is incredible and I am honored to support them and grateful for their efforts.

 
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Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is an incredible organization dedicated to helping children all over the world. It truly is amazing what they do every single day. I have heard so much about the team and their mission and I am truly inspired. They are completely devoted to their mission to help and transform lives - something they should be greatly applauded for.

 
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My company works with Fresh Start and I have to say that they are a group of kind, hardworking and caring individuals that always seem to put themselves in front of others. The lives that they change on a daily basis and the help that they're able to provide across the globe is so inspiring. Fresh Start has really helped me put my life and goals into perspective and has energized me to give back to my community. 100% of contributions go directly to Fresh Start's medical programs. I couldn't think of a better organization to stand behind.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is an amazing nonprofit that provides underprivileged children with life-changing reconstructive surgery and medical treatments – all at no cost to patients and their families. 100% of contributions to go directly to Fresh Start's medical programs. Not only do they help transform the lives of children from around the world but they also create healthy, bright futures and instill confidence in each of their patients. Fresh Start also maintains long-term relationships with their patients, providing extensive follow up treatments and years of surgeries and medical services for most cases. Fresh Start takes a one-of-a-kind approach to address each child’s individual needs that includes laser clinics, dental clinics and a speech therapy clinic. Once a child is accepted into the Fresh Start program, volunteers will not rest until the best medical outcome has been achieved. This is a truly inspiring and generous cause that provides life-changing care to thousands of children in need.

 
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I worked with fresh start this summer and I was awed by its achievements. The charity is dedicated to the children it benefits, and the staff truly works hard to make each patients' journey a success.

 
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