Please save the date. This will be Duncan’s last time with us before returning home. Decisions need to be made, we need your input.
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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.
Entries by Leon Klempner
The water committee will meet tonight at 7pm at the Coolsmiles Orthodontic office Port Jefferson. 70 North Country Road Port Jefferson, NY 11777 Call my cell, for directions (631) 974-7511
Three Village meets God Ong’eche Village Helping an African Community Improve Health and Education Mr. Duncan Owange, a respected teacher from a remote Kenyan village, is partnering with local orthodontist and philanthropist Dr. Leon Klempner to lead a discussion about creating a partnership to improve health and education in his village. Mr. Owange is on […]
Saline and Duncan have been here for about a month now and I know that many of you would like to know more about them. Saline is a very sweet loving child who has been neglected most of her life. Being born with a facial deformity in a small village has created many challenges for […]
Saline has safely arrived and is staying with her host family in Stony Brook ahead of her upcoming surgery. Now 12 years old, Saline suffers from a cleft palate as well as bout of flesh eating bacteria, which caused even more serious damage. Dr. Alex Dagum will lead the surgical team at Stony Brook University […]
I’m happy to say that the Kenyan government has granted Saline a medical visa and passport to come to here for surgery. The Smile Rescue Fund for Kids supplied all financial records and legal documents necessary to the Kenyan consulate. This was our last major obstacle. I am in the process of buying airline […]
Dear Friends and Colleagues, I received received an email from my contact in Kenya last week. Our efforts to bring Saline to the U.S. for surgery have been blocked by her inability to get a visa and passport due to lack of a birth certificate. For the past year, we have been appealing and diligently […]
May 17th was a big day for Saline, a 12 year old girl living in the Kenya. She will benefit from the money raised which will help fund her remaining surgeries. The fundraiser was so successful that we will begin looking for another child to help. Congratulations and credit goes to the event committee organized […]
Who said that one person can’t make a difference? Obviously, Heather never got the memo. This remarkable 10 year old girl decided she was going to help raise money to help another young girl that was not as fortunate. Heather sold tee shirts, and obtain donations from her church, friends, neighbors and anyone else […]
Please join us on May 17th for our next Smile Resuce Fundraiser in NYC! Drs. Melanie Baum and Isaac bar have a great evening planned- all for a great cause. For details: http://www.facebook.com/events/242972265799259/
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