Rutgers educated dentist, Dr. Avi Weisfogel has announced his GoFundMe campaign to provide monetary assistance to Operation Smile. Weisfogel began his dental career after receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from New York University College of Dentistry. His initial area of expertise was preventative dental care.
For those in underprivileged areas, restorative dental care is nearly impossible to afford. People living in impoverished conditions around the world, have a problem acquiring adequate dental and follow-up care. So, when a child is born with a congenital deformity, these children suffer because of the condition and the stigma of being a social outcast because of the related problems.
Whenever an organization has a vision to help children, there’s no shortage of individuals wishing to get involved. Operation Smile, was founded in 1982 by former social and clinical worker, Kathleen Magee and her dentist husband, William Magee. They perform corrective plastic and craniofacial surgeries, free to children in need.
Initially, Operation Smile could only treat a limited number of children each year. After turning down multiple families with children in dire need, the organization decided to enlist the help of other dentists and support staff, so that they could provide dental surgeries to more children. Since the grassroots days, the number of volunteer nurses, dentists and dental assistants has significantly grown in size. Thereby, increasing the number of children treated from 40 per year to 100.
The outreach of Operation Smile touched the heart of Old Bridge Dental Care founder, Dr. Avi Weisfogel. Weisfogel announced efforts to assist Operation Smile by launching a fund raising page on GoFundMe. Avi Weisfogel’s GoFundMe campaign is targeted to raise $2000 for the organization. Funding that will go a long way towards helping children receive corrective procedures for cleft lips, cleft palates and other targeted congenital dental problems.
Avi Weisfogel is a dentist and humanitarian, his initial practice area was limited to preventive care. However, he decided to increase his focus to studying the relevance between dental problems and sleep disorders. Dr. Weisfogel hopes to increase the funding of Operation Smile, while continuing with his other interests in philanthropic endeavors. In terms of ‘active’ projects, Weisfogel remains committed to raising funds for Operation Smile. In the past, Avi Weisfogel has responded to those seeking solutions for sleep disorders. To date, Operation Smile has performed over 220,000 corrective surgeries, globally, at no cost to the families.
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