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A Worthy Cause: One Dentist’s Campaign to Give Children Access to Necessary Healthcare

Dr. Avi Weisfogel is a dentist with a mission. The mission, like the mission of many, is to benefit the world, through action. Dr. Weisfogel has launched a GoFundMe campaign to benefit the organization Operation Smile. Operation Smile works to make certain life-changing surgeries available for children and young adults, specifically surgeries that help correct cleft palate or cleft lip. This organization works tirelessly to give children the healthcare they need, and is constantly looking for solutions to global healthcare problems that can benefit the most children. This organization was founded in 1982 and has been built upon the goal of giving as many deserving children and young adults the surgery they need.

Avi Weisfogel aligned himself with this organization and started the GoFundMe campaign because he agrees with the values of Operation Smile. Dr. Weisfogel’s own values and beliefs give him reason to do all he can to help this organization reach their goal. Avi Weisfogel studied Biology and Psychology in his undergraduate years at Rutgers University, and attained his D.D.S. from New York University College of Dentistry. He established his own practice, Old Bridge Dental Care, and practiced dentistry for fifteen years. He later began learning about sleep therapy and sleep disorders, and cofounded Healthy Heart Sleep in 2010, to work at establishing quality sleep labs for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Dr. Weisfogel also established two other sleep therapy centers, Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient in 2012, and Dental Sleep Masters in 2014, to expand the world of sleep therapy and instruct both dentists and doctors in aiding patients with sleep disorders.

Avi Weisfogel’s passions for dentistry and sleep therapy have made an impact on the world, but his passion for aiding children is a passion that has the potential for an even larger impact. Dr. Weisfogel is the definition of a philanthropist, and so an organization like Operation Smile, along with other charities that Dr.Weisfogel donates to, presents an opportunity for him to continue to positively impact the world. With the donations he makes, to any charity or through this GoFundMe campaign, Dr. Weisfogel is able to impact hundreds of people. The children that will benefit from his donation to the start of the GoFundMe campaign will have access to life-changing surgery that they might never have had access to without his aid.

Links to the research I used for information on this article: I used these pages for information regarding Dr. Weisfogel’s academic background and career, details of the campaign, and information on the Operation Smile charity.

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