New Jersey dentist Avi Weisfogel is helping provide support to help fund Operation Smile. The organization was created to help children and young adults around the world who are suffering from facial deformities.
In March, Weisfogel set up a GoFundMe account to raise $2,000 toward the cause. “No child should be allowed to suffer,” said Weisfogel. “If there is anything I can do to help, I will.” Most of the individuals needing medical help were born with the abnormalities cleft palate or cleft lip. The vast majority of the victims are from impoverished, third-world countries were basic needs are largely unmet and medical assistance is practically non-existent, according to Weisfogel.
Created in 1982 by human rights workers Bill and Kathy Magee, Operation Smile proveds hope for the hopeless. Children are provided with the best medical care possible.
Operation Smile logs thousands of hours all around the globe. Volunteers from over 80 countries donate their time to help patients. Doctors, nurses and highly-trained medical staff work to help the needy in their own language. “Finding individuals who can communicate with the patient goes a long way in helping them heal,” said an Operation Smile spokesperson.
Weisfogel has been a practicing dentist for nearly 20 years. He operates his Old Bridge Dental Care in the tiny town bearing the same name, just 10 minutes from Highland Park.
In 1997, he graduated from the New York College of Dentistry. Weisfogel says his profession is the source of great pride and has been extremely rewarding. “My patients deserve the best, and I will do everything in my power to help them achieve it,” says Weisfogel.
Weisfogel is also an entrepreneur. He currently holds a patent on a device that helps individuals overcome snoring problems.