We raised over $1200.00 at Bar 29 on 3rd Avenue and 29th Street on Sunday December 11th. We actioned off our football signed by “Boomer”, 50-50 raffle and sold Smile Rescue Fund tee shirts (thanks Jenn).
A big thank you to all attending and a special shout out to our organizers. Melissa and Tamir Young, Lisa and Jodi Klempner, Amy and Jon Epstein and Jennifer Crean.
I just got an email stating that we have raised enough money to fund Saline’s first of three major surgeries! She will be admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital on December 13th and her surgery is scheduled for December 16th. Here is a little info about her surgeon.
Dr. Ferdinand Wanjala Nangole – Did his Plastic Surgery fellowship at the University of Cape Town (UCT), is employed by the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and practices Plastic Surgery in Nairobi. Ferdinand is a fellow of the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (EBOPRAS). He is a member of the KNH multi-disciplinary microvascular team and is an Operation Smile volunteer surgeon as well as a Smile Train Partner.
The first surgery will focus on her cleft palate, lip and part of her nose. This will make a big quality of life difference for Saline. She will be able to eat without food coming out of her nose. Her speech will improve and most of all, she will begin looking like other kids!
With your help we have raised enough for her first surgery, but we need more money for the next two.
Next fundraising event: Sunday December 11- NYC Bar 29 – Football Sunday
Technology can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Today was a busy day in our chartless, paperless all digital orthodontic office. Electronic check in, chairside charting and imaging, digital radiography all enhance our ability to serve our patients well. However, this afternoon our servers went down and our internet phones shut down. I was immediately in contact with our IT guys, who told me it was related to the recent electrical storm. I fell behind schedule and patients and parents were kept waiting. In the middle of the chaos, one of the moms comes over and gives me a check for the Smile Rescue Fund for Kids and later another mom stuffed a one hundred dollar bill into my hands to be donated to the fund. Wow. How about that. Bottom line: today was a good day.
Long Island Orthodontist Launches Charity to Fund Surgeries for Children with Facial Deformities The Smile Rescue Fund for Kids Helps Children Too Severe for Treatment by Established Charitable Organizations
Setauket, NY (May 25, 2011) – Long Island orthodontist Leon Klempner today announces the launch of The Smile Rescue Fund for Kids, an organization he founded to provide funding to children born with severe facial and craniofacial deformities. These children have such significant challenges that they cannot be helped by their families, governmental agencies and currently established charitable organizations. Facial deformities result in many challenging medical issues, including feeding problems, hearing loss, unintelligible speech and recurrent ear infections. But the social and psychological consequences that result are just as devastating. The stigma of looking and sounding different leads to a very difficult and lonely life. Often, peers, communities and even relatives shun lovable and loving children, ashamed of their appearance and speech and powerless to affect positive change. Some are hidden away in locked rooms, deprived of education, medical care and any socialization with the outside world.
Due to the high costs of treatment – around 15,000 USD – children with the most severe deformities do not fall into the realm of support that many non-profits and charities provide. Currently, the Smile Rescue Fund for Kids is fundraising to pay for the surgery of Saline, a young girl who lives in the Nyanza Province of Kenya. The Smile Rescue Fund for Kids will raise money in two ways: by enlisting fundraising committee members, who provide ideas and support for ways to raise funds, and by direct contribution through a secure PayPal link on the website. All donations go directly to the medical fund. The organization’s board of directors includes Klempner, along with Alexander Dagum, MD, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Melissa Young, Esq., Attorney at Addabbo & Greenberg, and Amy Epstein, Managing Director at ABI marketing public relations. # # # The Smile Rescue Fund for Kids was founded by Dr. Leon Klempner, a New York orthodontist who has a strong professional interest in helping children born with dentofacial deformities such as cleft lip and palate. To become a member of the fundraising committee or donate directly, visit www.smilerescuefund.org, send an email to email@example.com, or visit the organization’s Facebook page.
Dr. Leon Klempner
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