Tag Archives: cleft exchange

Smiling Spencer

Spencer always seems to be smiling! We want to take a few moments to tell you more about this joyful six-year-old boy who is waiting for a family.


Spencer, described by caregivers as a “funny boy,” makes us smile too.
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These Children Changed My Life


Last month, I traveled to China with my mother as part of the team of volunteers who helped with LWB’s 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange. I am so grateful to LWB for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. As someone who wants to become a doctor in addition to being adopted from China made this cleft exchange an extremely profound experience for me. Read more.

Reflections on the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange


As someone who was on the ground with the children during our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, it is difficult to reflect upon everything that happened last week. That being said, it’s even harder to try and condense all of my thoughts into a single blog post! Read more.

Day Five of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Today was an extremely long day for the team, with the surgeons operating into the evening hours. Read more.

Day Four of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange


Today our team was able to discharge our first three patients. Dave and August left with their families, who were all overjoyed with the surgery results. Even though the kids who come to our trips are only with us for a few days, it is still always so hard to say goodbye. Read more.

Day Two of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Today was a very busy day for the team, and it began early this morning with the official opening ceremony and formal team photo. We are so grateful to everyone in the picture for giving both their hearts and their time to help some truly wonderful kids receive surgery.


At 9 a.m., the first surgeries got underway. First up in the operating room was baby August. Read more.

Day One of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Our team arrived safely in Kaifeng, Henan province over the weekend to begin our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, and the medical staff began evaluating the kids on Sunday afternoon. So many beautiful children have already captured our hearts!


Just like on the first day of every cleft trip, things were a wee bit hectic as families and caregivers crowded in the hallway hoping to get the assurance that their children would be on the schedule. Read more.

The Importance of “Ten”: The 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

We are just a few days away from the start of our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, and today we wanted to let you know about the importance of “ten” when it comes to the kids.


On our international trips, we use a formula of “10-10-10” which every child needs to meet in order to safely have surgery. Read more.

Meet The Kids! The 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

It’s finally April, and we are bursting with anticipation to meet the children who will be having surgery during our upcoming Cleft Medical Exchange in Kaifeng, China!

CME Collage 3-25-15 with logo

Some of these children will be traveling from their orphanages with a caregiver who will stay with them throughout the trip. Read more.

The 2015 Cleft Exchange – Less than 4 Weeks Away!

Planning a cleft exchange takes at least six months of preparations, and the excitement really starts building when we realize we are less than a month away. We are so grateful to everyone who has funded a child for surgery, and there are some truly beautiful children still needing sponsors in their corner!

Unnamed ChildrenSome of the children still in need of sponsors

Some of our supporters have noticed that our cleft exchange surgery costs are a bit more than last year, and we wanted to give you a breakdown on where your donations are going. This year we have set the cost at $750 per child. Read more.