Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Rating: 4.94 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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 be used in an appropriate manner rather than consumed in administrative costs. With Fresh Start, we know that our wishes in that regard are always fulfilled.

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We try to attend every Fresh Start event that we can. We treasure hearing the stories that are told by those whose lives have been changed by this great charity. It is touching and gratifying to know that so many surgeons, nurses and other volunteers give so unselfishly of their time so that others may live a better life.

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Expand it to help even more children have a chance at a normal life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 had such a great attitude. I would drive home wondering how such a young person could go through so much and deal with all of the issues she had faced and always be so happy. It puts a lot into perspective for those of us that don't face the same type of challenges. Volunteering for Fresh Start helps so many children and families, and truthfully, it helps the volunteers just as much! You can't work with Fresh Start and not gain an appreciation for the work that they do and all that you are blessed with.

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See above. I've personally seen happy children and families leave surgery weekends with a great outlook on life.

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I can't think of any. This organization is run so well it's amazing. I've been a part of other charities and none of them compare.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 professional and lay persons giving their time to Fresh Start. As volunteers we are treated beautifully on the surgery weekends. My only wish is that I could give more time to this organization.
Our patients are the most grateful, brave special kids and adults!!!!

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The before and after surgery results and astonishing. This has transformed lives. Giving children and young adults confidence to fulfill thier potentional. They may mean attending school for the first time after reconstructive surgery or gaining the confidence to go out into the world.

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My only wish is that we could perform more surgeries on more patients.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fresh Start is one of the most amazing organizations in this field. From a donor point of view this is a dream come true. all financials are made available for public inspection and all questions are answered promptly. The attention and care the kids and families recieve is second to none. I have been involve and exposed to many children's health care charities and I highly recommend Fresh Start Surgical Gifts both as a resource for kids in need and for potential donors looking to make a meaningful investment in a child's future.

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a postive way

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increase public awareness

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have only volunteered several times but I can say that it has been an absolute pleasure to help others aside Fresh Start employees and volunteers.

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Patient Testimonials

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Upgrade medical equipment to more efficiently aide surgery weekends.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at Fresh Start for about 5 years and will continue to volunteer for as long as I can. The staff is wonderful, everyone makes you feel like your part of the Fresh Start family. I have gained more from Fresh Start then I think I have given. It is a trully rewarding experience.

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I have seen childrens lives change incredibly and dreams made come true.

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It is a smooth running machine, I wouldn't change a thing. I encourage more volunteers to join.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering for FRESH START has given me the Gift of love. Over the past two years I have seen mothers weep, families elated with joy, over the transformation in their childs life. To be a volunteer makes my life richer.

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The time I have given, little compared with what I get in return

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Do more surgical weekends

Rating: 5 stars  

I’ve worked with Fresh Start and attended their events for over seven years. They are a group of dedicated and passionate doctors, nurses and volunteers.

The surgical gifts Fresh Start provides allow children with facial deformities a chance at a normal and productive life. One where they can leave the places they hide and enter the public without the humiliating stares and stigmatizing that often come with their deformities. Many of their patients come from cultures that are deeply intolerant. Fresh start gives them dignity and hope that would otherwise be difficult at best.

You would be proud of the work that they would do with any contribution you made.

Grant Ghow

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I've seen the joy on the faces of so many of the kids Fresh Start has helped

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I have no criticism of Fresh Start

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer recovery room RN with Fresh Start for 7 years and have watched this organization grow and expand its mission to assist children with physical deformities get the surgeries they need to transform their lives , even assisting with the expense of travel and accommodation.The staff are truly dedicated to meet the needs of both the children and their families, going the extra mile when something unexpected occurs. Mimi, the volunteer coordinator does an outstanding job ensuring all positions are covered with a very positive supportive manner.Fresh Start is an organization that watches its bottom line so the dollars go where they are needed most and is worthy of financial support

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Volunteer activity every 2 months

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None

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a working actor in Hollywood, I have the privilege of playing in a lot of Celebrity Golf Tournaments that support a number of charities. I first was invited by Fresh Start to participate in their annual event a few years ago. Never have I met an organization that is so selfless in their pursuit of an individual cause. From the surgeons that donate their time for surgical procedures and counseling, to all the staff and volunteers that help so many children through their Foundation. Children born with physical deformities have a tougher time growing up, being accepted and leading normal, healthy lives. I am proud to be a supporter of Fresh Start and the humanitarian work they do for our children.

Jeff Rector

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I've met and talked with the children that have gone through these amazing transformational surgical procedures. I've seen them smile with hope, and I have personally witnessed the change in their personalities and attitudes that have come about from the incredible surgical gifts provided by FRESH START.

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I wouldn't change a thing.

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