Austin Smiles Blog

Day 1

By Suzanne Chandler. Today October 13th, 2018 begins the 8h trip of Austin Smiles Medical mission of creating smiles and improving lives. The Austin Plastic Surgeon Foundation will assess 100 or so children with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies and will...

The Mission Approaches its End

by John Paschal     It is 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, and the sun has risen on the overnight rooms at Hospital Militar Central.   In Habitacion 7-8, nine-month-old Karina Vasquez Perez is crying in the arms of her mother, Reyna, as soft white sunlight...

Day 2 — The Mission Continues

by John Paschal     It is 9 o’clock on Tuesday morning, and two-year-old Herminia de la Cruz is already a rock star.   True, the little girl in pigtails is not singing a power ballad in front of thousands of worshipful fans, nor is she freestyling on a...

Scenes from Day One

Photography by Kris Kennedy                             A handsome smile.               That's one tough cookie.     Plastic surgeon Dr. Mahlon Kerr...

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1 in 700 children are born with a cleft lip or palate

$250 covers the cost of one life-changing surgery

150 volunteers annually will change a child’s life forever

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Medical Mission Trips

Austin Smiles goes on 2-3 medical mission trips annually

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Our local program support for children born with Cleft Lip and Palate in Texas

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