An Update on Saline……

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 looking for a legal diplomatic workaround.  Finally, on January 9th, Saline will be granted an interview for a visa.  Arrangements have been made to transport Saline and her teacher Duncan to Nairobi for the appointment.
As the year comes to a close, on behalf of Saline, I want to thank all of our SRFK loyal friends and supporters.  Your support, contributions and fundraising efforts are well appreciated.   Once we get proper credentials, I will buy airline tickets for Saline and Duncan.  Due to the severity of her facial deformity, Dr. Alex Dagum and his medical team anticipate preforming a series of necessary surgeries and will require her staying here for approximately 6 months.
In the meantime, please forward this email to your friends and online contacts.  Tax deductible donations can easily be made via Paypal on our website.
I remain cautiously optimistic and hope to bring you good news soon.
Founder, Smile Rescue Fund for Kids, Inc.

$8000.00 Raised by Medical and Dental Residents in NYC Turtle Bay Happy Hour Fundraiser

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 by Drs. Melanie Baum and Isaac Bar.

The follow are responsible for the successful fundraiser:

Melanie Baum

Isaac Bar

Micah Berman

Annie Brandenburg

Kevin Small

David Rothman

Elysa Kahan

Samantha Safier

Jodi Klempner

If anyone is interested in joining this great cause, please contact me directly:

Dr. Leon Klempner, Founder, The Smile Rescue Fund for Kids  – Join us on Facebook for follow ups and new upcoming events!

NYC Fundraiser Cleft Charity

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:

NYC Fundraiser for Saline – Huge Success

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.

“Boomer” Donates a Signed Football for Saline

Boomer Esiason (former Terp QB) has signed a football to help raise money for Saline!  Come on down to the Smile Rescue Fund for Kids fundraiser this Sunday and you may go home with it!


Smile Rescue Fund for Kids


Come Join Us-Football Sunday for Saline

Are you going to be in the city on Sunday, December 11th?  Join us at Bar 29, 3rd Avenue and 29th Street at 12:30 – 6:00 pm.  Stop by, have a beer and watch some football.  A $10.00 donation and your beer is on us!  We will be raffling off some sports memorabilia, 50-50, etc.  Most of all you will be helping a little girl in Kenya start a new life.  Bring your friends.  More details on Facebook. While you’re there “like us” to follow our progress.

News Update: Saline is Scheduled for her 1st Surgery

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

Click here for details on Facebook