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Operation Smile Celebrates World Kindness Day with Dedicated Student and Medical Volunteers

Cool Story - Operation Smile Celebrates World Kindness Day with Dedicated Student and Medical Volunteers

World Kindness Day was created in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, an alliance of international NGOs dedicated to spreading kindness. It is meant to inspire people to celebrate selfless acts in their neighborhoods and to continue the service that unites all people. World Kindness Day is a chance for the international medical nonprofit Operation Smile to highlight some of its most devoted volunteers. These people enthusiastically and passionately carry out Operation Smile's objective and uphold the same values of kindness and service in their daily lives.

Ethan Richlak is a senior at Ohio State University studying pharmaceutical sciences. When he's not in class or studying for the MCAT, he works on community service projects with the Operation Smile student club and other initiatives in support of the nonprofit. Ethan and his classmates have organized fundraising activities, created blankets to deliver to Operation Smile patients abroad, and promoted the recruitment of new members within the student group. Outside of the student club, Ethan promotes kindness and helps Operation Smile through his involvement with Cleft Connect, a website for kids with cleft conditions, and through his leadership roles at the Operation Smile Student Program's International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC), a week-long conference that unites young leaders and instills in them the virtues of service and leadership. Each year, the ISLC is held in different cities around the world.

Ethan's relationship with Operation Smile is all the more potent because he was born with a cleft lip and palate and has faced many challenges in his care.

Regarding his upcoming involvement with the charity, Ethan responded as follows: "I want to enroll in a surgical program abroad. I'm confident that it will change my life. It would be incredibly moving to be able to interact with and support patients from all over the world who have experienced what I have. I'm eager to see the results of all of our organization's efforts and to personally experience the positive effects we have on people all across the world."

Another volunteer with the same contagious excitement for working with Operation Smile is from Stephens City, Virginia. Anesthesiologist Dr. Judy Nguyen works as a volunteer doctor for the charity. 

She has participated in more than 40 surgical projects. Because she is so dedicated to giving back, she utilizes her annual leave from work to volunteer in surgical programs in Latin America. Because she can effect change through a quick operation, according to Dr. Nguyen, she loves working with Operation Smile. She gives her patients the chance to shine a light on others by providing them with successful surgical outcomes that will enhance their life. This is how Dr. Nguyen keeps the chain of goodwill going.

Dr. Nguyen reflects, "Sometimes, I'll come back to a nation, and I'll see the kids I've looked after a couple of years back, and they recognize me, they remember me. Seeing them mature and develop is the greatest feeling in the world. That is why I continue to do it. Making each effect count."

Skyler Griswold, a student activist, and Operation Smile volunteer, works to spread compassion and optimism on the other side of the country in Los Angeles, California. While still in her junior year at Harvard-Westlake School, Skyler attends Operation Smile fundraising events and takes part in the organization's student programs outside of class. Skyler previously led a team at the International Student Leadership Conference, which was held in Miami, Florida, this past summer. Skyler has previously performed spoken word pieces at Operation Smile fundraisers.

Additionally, she participated in a few surgical projects in Peru and the Philippines, which strengthened her devotion to the Operation Smile objective.

Skyler said as she thought back on her time in Peru, "I had the honor of returning a kid to a tearful mother, whose words could never adequately convey how appreciative she was. I have worked with Operation Smile a few times, but that was by far the most memorable experience. In that one instant, I was able to understand why all of these people do what they do, and I was simply grateful to be a part of it. There was a deeper connection formed that could not have been achieved by talk." The enthusiasm and commitment of these volunteers serve as a reminder on this World Kindness Day that showing kindness to others and developing meaningful connections are noble deeds. Operation Smile cultivates a culture of happiness and kindness at every turn through surgical programs, student programs, and a variety of possibilities in between.

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About Operation Smile

A worldwide charitable organization called Operation Smile focuses on skilled cleft surgery and care. We have worked with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and health systems while receiving support from our kind supporters to provide medical expertise, research, and treatment through our committed staff and medical and student volunteers around the world for the past 40 years.

Learn more at https://www.operationsmile.org/ or by following @operationsmile on social media.

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