March 04, 2012

When children with cleft palates receive palate surgery, even the most meticulous surgical repair is often not enough to ensure normal speech. In the US and other developed countries, children have access to speech therapists who can train and teach the patients to speak normally after palate surgery.

March 03, 2012

To what extent will ICSF go to help its patients? Just ask Luzielle. I first met Luzielle in March 2009 when she was three. I will never forget our first meeting. ICSF was conducting its first mission to Cadiz, Philippines, and it was our first day at the hospital. We were in the middle of a long day of patient evaluations. Nearly all patients had clefts of some kind.

March 01, 2012
An ICSF Angel

Meet Janet Brigham. At first glance, she is one of the many volunteers who donate their time and expertise to keep ICSF running. A research psychologist at SRI International in Menlo Park, California, with a background as a professional editor and writer, she edits and formats ICSF’s quarterly newsletter.

February 27, 2012

(This was written in May 2009 in response to a request for information on how we function) Note: although it is now almost three years later, February 2012, we still function on an all-volunteer basis.

Dear Mandy,

We have been moving steadily along for almost three years now. From September 2003, until the latter part of 2006, Geoff financed this work out of his savings.

December 04, 2011

Most American soldiers, after completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan, return home to pursue the lives they dreamed of when they were in the battlefi eld— and well they should. They have put life and limb on the line for the ideals of freedom. Relationships, school, and family are the goals of nearly all as they return home—except 26-year-old Marine Sgt. Winston Fiore, that is.

December 03, 2011

‘I saw her face many times in my mind’

December 02, 2011

For four years, Dr. Williams has been using a surgical technique he developed to create more beauty in the lips of bilateral cleft lip patients. He presented details about the technique at the American Cleft Palate Association’s 68th Annual Scientifi c Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 4-9. “The presentation was well-received, and afterward a number of surgeons were interested in implementing the technique,” reports Dr. Williams. “I owe a lot to ICSF and its supporters, too,” he adds.

December 01, 2011

Due to very good continued donor support to ICSF, two new team missions were carried out in April (Hai Phong, Vietnam Children’s Hospital) and in May (Cebu, Philippines Children’s Sanitorium). This brings the total of locations where ICSF serves team missions to seven.

July 05, 2011

“A record number of surgeries is being made possible by our donors. We had expected to see donations decrease during the economic downturn, but this has not been the case,” re- ports ICSF President Dr. Geoff Williams. “I don’t know how we could be this fortunate in these hard times—but we are. I hope God pours out many blessings upon our good supporters for the help they are making possible around the world,” says Dr. Williams.

July 04, 2011

The ICSF medical team in January’s Kabankalan, Philippines, mission witnessed what is probably a record for blown kisses in a twenty-four-hour period. (To clarify, a “blown” kiss is not referring, in this circumstance, to botching a kiss, but rather to the act of placing a kiss on one’s hand and then blowing it toward another individual at a distance).

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