Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Rating: 4.97 stars   35 reviews

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2011 Palomar Airport Road Suite 206 Carlsbad CA 92011 USA


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.


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


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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Reviews for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do more surgical weekends

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