I have mixed emotions as I tell you that Saline will be returning home to Kenya on May 2, 2021. On the one hand, I’m so happy to have had an opportunity, as many of you have had, to play a role in her development from a young self-conscious child to a confident young woman. […]
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About Leon Klempner
In May 2011, Leon Klempner founded the Smile Rescue Fund for Kids, a charity that provides funding to children born with facial and craniofacial deformities so severe they cannot be helped by their families, governmental agencies or established charitable organizations.
After years of volunteering with the large international charities that provides cleft palate surgery to children in need, Leon recognized that during every mission, children with very severe cases were not receiving the help they needed, simply due to insufficient funding. It was more efficient to treat many children with milder cases than a very few who were severe. It was frustrating and sad for him, so he decided to take action.
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The Smile Rescue Fund brings children from other countries for life saving craniofacial surgeries. The environments that the recipients come here from are at least partially if not directly responsible for the defect or injury that we are correcting. When a child has surgery and is ready to go back home, as a foundation, we […]
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that we were able to raise enough money to bring back Saline for additional surgery. It has been five years since she was here and was only 12 years old at the time. She is now a 17-year-old young lady and is so happy […]
I know that many of you are interested in following Dunia’s journey, so I thought you might like an update on how he’s doing at the beginning of 2017. I’m happy to report that overall, our now 9-year-old is doing well. He now speaks and understands English beautifully, thanks to his two host families. Both Jennifer […]
Jamila Balooch, a third-year dental student at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine attended a presentation given by Dr. Klempner at the annual Stony Brook Medicine Cleft Palate Symposium earlier this year. During the lecture, she learned about some of the work done by the Smile Rescue Fund […]
I’m happy to report that Dunia has recovered from his previous two surgeries and is enjoying the summer. He celebrated his 9th birthday last month! Dunia will have another procedure at Stony Brook Hospital in early September to improve the symmetry of his mouth and that will conclude the first phase of his surgical treatment […]
Stony Brook University reporter Jimin Kim highlights Dunia’s story. Click the link below to learn more. http://www.thesmilechild.com
Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today that it has awarded the inaugural Henry Schein Cares Medal for medical health—an award that will be given annually to one organization that demonstrates excellence in expanding access to medical care for […]
The Tensator company in Bayshore held a special fundraising campaign for The Smile Rescue Fund for Kids. The employees heard about Dunia on the news and want to do something to help. They decided to start a collection and contribute money to help our organization. We applaud this altruistic company and all of their conscience based […]
Dr. Leon Klempner will be interviewed about the Smile Rescue Fund for Kids on Stony Brook radio station WUSB(90.1)FM on Thursday February 25, 2016 at 3 pm. He will discuss Dunia’s recent surgery and the SRFK volunteers. Listen in of you are around.
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