FACE TO FACE depends on people like you to make a difference. Although surgeons and other medical personnel give freely of their time and expertise, FACE TO FACE still needs financial support from generous individuals like you.
What Is The FACE TO FACE Program?
FACE TO FACE, is a humanitarian program conducted under the auspices of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS Foundation). In both this country and abroad our surgeons assist those who suffer from facial deformities caused by birth or trauma. Most of those who have been helped abroad are children. The three FACE TO FACE programs are: International; The Domestic Violence Project; and FACES OF HONOR serving our military heroes.
The AAFPRS Foundation is a non-profit organization. It is exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not considered a “private foundation” by the Internal Revenue Service.
Your contribution to FACE TO FACE is tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law. Your gift now can change lives of thousands of children, abused victims and military personnel.
The Faces Behind Our Program
FACE TO FACE is staffed by medical personnel – facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, nurses, speech pathologists and anesthesiologists – who donate their time and expertise.
Participating AAFPRS members of the FACE TO FACE program have changed lives for the better. Internationally, we have helped a two-year-old toddler in Russia abandoned by her parents at birth because of a congenital facial deformity. Or, have administered to a twelve-year old boy in Croatia where he sustained severe facial trauma after playing with a loaded rifle. They have cared for women and men in this country where domestic violence has wreaked havoc on their live both emotionally and physically. And for our military members and veterans who have suffered face, head and neck wounds in combat, we are there for them. These are faces that you have seen on the news and sometimes in your own community. Our surgeons travel all over the world, but their mission is the same wherever they go: they treat one face at a time, one person at a time.
Skills at Work
The FACE TO FACE program offers individuals the opportunity to overcome the physical limitations placed on them by circumstances beyond their control — deformities at birth, domestic violence, war, natural disasters and acts of terrorism. Our surgeons, use their expertise, to perform plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck region. This includes the following procedures: cleft lip and cleft palate repair; microtia reconstruction – the surgical creation of external ears for infants born without them; rebuilding of all forms of congenital facial and cranial deformities; reconstruction of facial soft tissues after war injuries, domestic violence; the excision of childhood facial tumors and reconstruction. These are just a few examples of the work that our dedicated surgeons perform while volunteering for FACE TO FACE. While the patients still have enormous hurdles to overcome, at least they are given a chance to deal with them without a daily reminder of the past.