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Vote and Help Interplast Win $25,000

Chase Community Giving has recently announced they will be donating $5 million to various charities. On December 15 the top 100 organizations with the most votes will be given $25,000 each. This is a wonderful opportunity to help us win $25,000 to help children and adults with clefts, disabling burns and hand injuries.

If you have a Facebook account, you can make a difference. Simply: 

  1. Visit Interplast’s page:
  2. Click on the “Vote for Charity” button at the top of the page.
  3. Spread the word to your friends and family and ask them to do the same.
With your vote we can win $25,000 that could help improve lives.

Revisiting Tomas

Tomas and his host mother. As Interplast celebrates 40 years of healing we’d like to revisit some of the patients we’ve treated throughout the years.  Today, we remember Tomas, whose life was touched by Interplast nearly 30 years ago.  

Tomas was 8 years old when with the help of Interplast he arrived at Stanford Medical Center. During Interplast’s early days, bringing children to the United States for specialized medical attention was part of the Interplast model—that is no longer the case.  A year prior, while playing near his home in the outskirts of Tijuana, Tomas was terribly disfigured when a can of paint thinner exploded in his face.  Unable to close his eyes and mouth because of the scar tissue, Tomas was brought to the United States by Interplast’s founder Dr. Donald R. Laub to release the contractures. Though his face would never return to what it once was, the series of surgeries he endured would allow, as news reporter Henry Alfaro put it, “[Tomas to] resume a life free of ridicule and embarrassment, [where] he can get out of the habit of wearing the kind of cap he can pull down over his face.”

Watch a 20 minute video about Tomas courtesy of Channel 7 Eyewitness News.

In 40 years Interplast has performed 80,000 surgeries, profoundly changing the lives of children like Tomas throughout the world.

Celebrities at Gala

710625876_060 From left to right: Micky Hoogendijk; Adam Curry; Susan W. Hayes, Interplast chief executive officer; and Dan B. Higgins, Interplast chairman of the board.

Interplast was delighted to welcome actress Micky Hoogendijk (Raising Helen) and former MTV VJ and serial entrepreneur Adam Curry to this year's Transformations Gala. Not only did they add to the celebratory sparkle of the night, but Micky, an ambassadress for the Pascaud Foundation, also presented Interplast with a donation check of $7,500 from the new foundation.

Shortly after the event, Micky was kind enough to mention our gala in her blog post. As you will see, with her help and that of many generous donors, Interplast was able to raise more than $700,000 to help patients in need!

Animal Attacks in the Media

Charla Nash, a woman who was viciously attacked by a chimpanzee is in the media again. Yesterday on Oprah she shared her story with the world. Sadly, her tragic story is all too familiar to Interplast partner surgeons around the world.

Dr. Yogi Aeron, our surgical outreach director in Dehradun, India, is an expert at treating bear bites, a common occurrence in his region.  Dr. Goran Jovic, our director in Zambia, is the only plastic surgeon in the country and often treats victims of animal attacks.  We were pleased to honor Dr. Jovic at our Transformations Gala last week.  Please view this short video on his work, as well as a past blog post on one of his animal bite cases.

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