Fresh Start Surgical Gifts provides services to children and young adults from one-year-old to age 17 who are suffering from physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease. Patients up to age 25 must go through a separate Medical Program Committee process. If you are interested in applying, visit the Who Can Apply page for more information.
Fresh Start services are provided free to children and young adults of financially disadvantaged families. Typically these are individuals and families who do not have medical insurance, qualify for state-funded programs, or who would suffer significant financial hardship if they were to pay for the necessary and costly medical treatment.
Fresh Start is not a "free clinic." Walkups are not taken and surgeries are planned months in advance. You must apply in advance and be accepted as a patient in order to receive Fresh Start Surgical Gifts services. If you are interested in applying for San Diego children's cosmetic surgery, please visit the Who Can Apply page for more information.
Surgery Weekends are provided at the Fresh Start Clinic at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA. Dental Clinics are provided at the offices of local Dentists in the San Diego area. For patients outside of San Diego, transportation, lodging, and food can be arranged to bring patients to our San Diego facility.
The majority of volunteers at our Surgery Weekends and Dental Clinics are medical professionals ranging from anesthesiologists and surgeons to dental hygienists and RNs. If you are a medical professional interested in volunteering with Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to start the volunteer application process. We do have opportunities for non-medical volunteers at our Office and some opportunities at our Surgery Weekends and Dental Clinics, for more information, visit the Volunteer Opportunities page.
All of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts' surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, speech therapists, and other medical volunteers are volunteers at every Surgery Weekend and Dental Clinic and achieve an annual output of over 6,000 volunteer hours. We have a small staff of 7 full-time employees and 4 part-time employees that handle the organization's development, administration, and the planning and coordination of our medical programs.