Each year, the WorldCF aids hundreds of children and their families by supporting centers in many parts of the world where they receive life-transforming surgeries, and by assisting families with travel, lodging, and other expenses. Less directly but at least as importantly, our work educating and training new generations of craniofacial surgeons around the globe means that hundreds of surgeons now can perform the incredibly complex head and face surgeries that once only a few surgeons could.
Six-year-old Tajikistan patient Maftuma prior to her
successful surgery in Moscow
For pioneer craniofacial surgeons like Dr. Salyer, ensuring that a new generation of surgeons is fully equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to provide truly excellent care is every bit as important as offering an individual patient a transformed face and a renewed life. In the pages of this newsletter, we often share with you the stories of a few very special patients with whom we cannot help but fall in love as we work to dramatically improve their lives.
But they are only a small fraction of the hundreds of children whose lives we help transform because you care and because you support the work we do. On behalf of these very special patients we’ve introduced to you this year—and the hundreds of other patients who we get to know less well, yet whose lives we touch because of your amazing generosity, we offer our deepest thanks this holiday season, and we ask you to continue to give as generously as you possibly can!