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.
Fresh Start Surgical Gifts provides cost free surgeries to kids from around the world to repair facial deformities & facial damage from major accidents, including places for the parents to stay free of charge during surgery and recovery. Many doctors, dentists, nurses, etc volunteer their time and surgical skills to make it happen. The staff of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts work wonders with the few fund-raiser events. A group of volunteers serve on the board in support of the full time staff.!