Deborah is a joyful, smart and eager child. You wouldn’t know it by talking to her but she’s experienced a lot of hardship in her five years. Moments after Deborah’s birth in 2011, the family noticed her facial deformity. It was something they had never seen before – a condition they didn’t know existed. They were devastated. Deborah and her […]
I love seeing families in their element. The quirks, honesty and love always presents themselves after a few hours with a family. I love getting a glimpse into that often hidden world. The Murray Family was no exception. Even though these beautiful siblings live on opposite sides of the county, they make it a priority to see each other at […]
Mom in Ghana waits to hear if her daughter has been chosen as a candidate for surgery.
Volta Region, Ghana, 2015
Last month, my friend and colleague Kara and I were lucky enough to spend a few days on the Bay Islands in Roatan, Honduras. Directly following our medical trip for Operation Smile, we hopped on a 45-minute plane ride from San Pedro Sula and spent the weekend lounging, eating delicious food, snorkeling, zip-lining, unwinding. The highlight of the trip for me was the incredible yoga […]
In Addis Ababa Lindsay and I spend a Sunday at the Taste of Addis Food Festival in Floral Tropical Gardens. The scents of Indian, Moroccan, Ethiopian and other types of food lured us around the festival. More than 35 restaurants served incredible cuisine from all over the world and great bands played. Our favorite was the Zagol Band. So funky and unique. If you’re […]
I have just returned to Addis Ababa from 10 days in Mekelle, Ethiopia where Operation Smile led a 4 table medical mission at Ayder Referral Hospital. What a whirlwind journey. I am eternally grateful for the volunteer surgeons, doctors, nurses, speech language pathologists, and child life specialists and other volunteers who traveled from India, United Arab Emirates, Peru, USA, London, Sweden, Kenya, […]