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Phone: 760-944-7774
2011 Palomar Airport Road
Suite 206

California 92011

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Geographic areas served: United States and International


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.


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.


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Fresh Start is an outstanding charity. One hundred percent of the donations it receives are used to improve the lives of the children it serves. There are very few charities in the world that can make that claim. When my wife and I donate to a worthy cause, it is important to us that our donation ... more »
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I have volunteered time on Surgery Saturday's and really enjoyed seeing all of the Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, and other experts give their time to such a wonderful cause. One particular patient that came from Russia was such an inspiration. She had undergone so many surgeries over the years and ... more »
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Fresh Start is dear to my heart. I have volunteered as an RN over the years. I have watched some of the children grow up and find their sparkle after reconstructive surgery. Each volunteer gives their heart and energy for the children and young adults. I have met many fine kindhearted ... more »
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