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Operation Smile 2009 Celebrates its 27th Year of Providing New Smiles for Children Around the World
Date:12/28/2009

To mark the end of its 27th year of providing new smiles for children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities, Operation Smile, a worldwide children’s medical charity, has compiled a review of this past year and the lasting impact the organization has had on the children, families and communities in which they work. In keeping with Operation Smile’s steadfast mission to “mobilize a world of generous hearts and transform lives around the globe,” the organization’s work resulted in several landmark moments in 2009 including providing over 13,500 children with new smiles, the most in any single year since the organization was founded in 1982.

Norfolk, VA (Vocus) December 28, 2009 -- To mark the end of its 27th year of providing new smiles for children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities, Operation Smile, a worldwide children’s medical charity, has compiled a review of this past year and the lasting impact the organization has had on the children, families and communities in which they work. In keeping with Operation Smile’s steadfast mission to “mobilize a world of generous hearts and transform lives around the globe,” the organization’s work resulted in several landmark moments in 2009 including providing over 13,500 children with new smiles, the most in any single year since the organization was founded in 1982.

“Giving a child a chance at a new and productive life is at the core of what we do every day and is what motivates us to build sustainable programs around the world so more children can be healed,” said Dr. Bill Magee, Co-founder and CEO of Operation Smile. “We are excited and energized by what the future holds and we will continue to work hand-in-hand with our volunteers, foundations and partners to build the infrastructure necessary to provide safe medical
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