Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Rating: 4.95 stars   20 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.


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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EIN 33-0460177
760-944-7774
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

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

 
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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

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

increase public awareness

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I work for a hotel company that has assisted Fresh Start Surgical Gifts with lodging for their families coming for Surgery Weekends since the end of 2008. In addition I have attended a couple of their fundraising events and have loved meeting their volunteers and their staff. Lupita and Mimi are truly dedicated to the Fresh Start mission and continually show that through their energy and positive outlook. Fresh Start makes a difference in children's lives that far surpasses any tangible measurement.

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

Watching the children who have received surgeries become outgoing and alive!

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

have them do more surgery weekends.

 
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