Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation and Comer Children’s Hospital Partner to Provide Reconstructive Surgery at No-cost for Children in Need

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Six children affected by physical deformities will receive the gift of life-changing reconstructive surgery this Saturday, Feb. 28, through the medical volunteer Surgery Weekend program.

WHAT: Donated surgical and medical care at no cost for children with congenital and acquired deformities

WHO: Five children from the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana, one from Mexico (ages 3 to 18)
Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation celebrity ambassador, Jermaine Dye, Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series MVP
More than 50 volunteer plastic surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and other clinicians

WHEN: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

WHERE: University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

WHY: Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation, a collaboration between Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and The Plastic Surgery Foundation, has teamed up with the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital to offer free reconstructive surgery and related medical care to disadvantaged children and teens impacted by congenital deformities, as well as deformities caused by accidents, abuse or disease.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series MVP, Jermaine Dye, will be on hand to speak about his support of Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation in Chicago from approximately 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Feb. 28.

Select patients and their parents are available.

Surgeon Volunteers:
Russell R. Reid. MD, PhD, associate professor of surgery and Bernard Sarnat Scholar of Craniofacial Research at the University of Chicago Medicine, Comer Children’s Hospital
Lawrence S. Zachary, MD, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon at the University of Chicago Medicine

PLEASE NOTE:
Advanced confirmation of attendance is encouraged.
Reserved parking will be available near the hospital entrance.
Due to HIPAA regulations, only patients identified by media relations staff may be photographed or interviewed.

About Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation
The Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation is a joint venture between Fresh Start Surgical Gifts (based in San Diego, CA) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation (based in Chicago). All of the overhead and administrative expenses for the Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation are covered by Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and The Plastic Surgery Foundation.

Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation launched in Chicago with its first surgery weekend at Comer Children’s Hospital in June 2014. During this first year of its Chicago expansion, the organization aims to conduct three Surgery Weekends serving as many as 20 patients and providing $415,500 in donated medical care from volunteer medical professionals. Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation hopes to boost these numbers in the coming years, offering more Chicago-area children the gift of improved quality of life, self-esteem, confidence, and acceptance.

About ASPS and The PSF
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the society is composed of board-certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. The Society advocates for patient safety, such as requiring its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing.

You can learn more and visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at Facebook.com/PlasticSurgeryASPS and Twitter.com/ASPS_News.

About the University of Chicago Medicine
The University of Chicago Medicine and its Comer Children’s Hospital rank among the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of the nation’s hospitals. The University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine has been named among the top medical schools in the nation, by U.S. News’ "Best Graduate Schools" survey. University of Chicago physician-scientists performed the first organ transplant and the first bone marrow transplant in animal models, the first successful living-donor liver transplant, the first hormone therapy for cancer and the first successful application of cancer chemotherapy. Its researchers discovered REM sleep and were the first to describe several of the sleep stages. Twelve of the Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with the University of Chicago Medicine.

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