Operation Smile to be Featured on NBC's The Apprentice
April 8th Episode Will Highlight 22-Year-Old Not-For-Profit Medical Services
NORFOLK, Va., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Operation Smile, the not-for-profit medical services organization that provides life-altering reconstructive facial surgery for children worldwide, will be featured on NBC's hit reality show, "The Apprentice," airing Thursday, April 8th from 9pm-10pm ET. One of the show's final tasks will involve megastar Jessica Simpson, Operation Smile's International Youth Ambassador. Dr. Bill Magee, Co-founder and CEO for Operation Smile, is thrilled that NBC's hit show will highlight Operation Smile. Dr. Magee stated, "We hope that through this exposure, our organization will attract more people who can help. A child is the only language we all have in common. No matter what your profession-medicine, television, or business-it takes all of us working together to make a difference. At Operation Smile our bottom line is about changing the lives of children, one child at a time." "Nick and I have gotten a lot of attention for doing a 'reality' show on television, but the ability to give a child his or her smile back is the kind of reality that really deserves the attention," said Jessica Simpson, International Youth Ambassador, Operation Smile. "We are both so happy to play a small part in the wonderful work Operation Smile does for children around the world, helping to make their dreams a reality." For twenty-two years, Operation Smile has treated tens of thousands of children and young adults suffering from conditions including cleft lips, cleft palates, burns and tumors. Cleft lips and cleft palates are the fourth largest birth defect in the world. One out of every 800 children in the United States, and one out of every 500 in developing countries are born with correctable facial deformities that are often life-threatening and emotionally traumatizing. Each year Operation Smile's teams of highly specialized medical volunteers perform surgeries and provide related healthcare on international missions to more than 20 countries. During a typical two-week mission, approximately 300 to 500 patients receive free medical evaluations; an average of 100 to 150 are given free surgical treatment. Operation Smile also trains local medical professionals and donates equipment to promote sustainable healthcare systems worldwide. About Operation Smile Throughout the world, Operation Smile volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. Together, we create smiles, change lives and heal humanity. Operation Smile was founded in 1982 by William P. Magee, Jr., D.D.S., M.D., and Kathleen S. Magee, M.S.W., B.S.N., is headquartered in Norfolk, Va., and is included in the 2003 Forbes 200 list of charities. For more information, go to www.operationsmile.org . Dee Dee Sides Lisa Jardanhazy Operation Smile Operation Smile email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 212.715.1566 757.321.3250
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