Tag Archives: Henan

Reflections of a Former Foster Child

Five years ago, I left China. Earlier this month I got to return. I was privileged to be able to travel with my Mom and help on the Cleft Medical Exchange trip with Love Without Boundaries.

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While I loved being able to help on that trip and witness the change surgery made in the children, my favorite part of the trip actually happened before and after the medical exchange when we visited some LWB foster families and I got to see MY foster family for the first time in seven years. Read more.

The Three Musketeers of Sanmenxia Foster Care

Three little boys in our Sanmenxia foster care program, Bobby, Daniel and Shane are affectionately known as the “Three Musketeers”. Similar to the fictional Three Musketeers, all three boys have very different personalities yet have formed an inseparable friendship while in foster care.

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Luke’s Wish

Eight-year-old Luke in our Kaifeng foster care program has been singing and dancing his way into our hearts since we first met him as a tiny baby in need of heart surgery.We have been advocating for this little guy to be adopted for so long and have many blogs about him. We hold onto our wish for Luke that he will make his way into the hearts of a forever family soon!

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To help make this dream a reality for a family wishing to pursue Luke’s adoption, LWB has increased Luke’s Adoption Assistance Grant to $4,000. 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.

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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.

The 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange: Billy, Ella, and Samuel’s Stories

We are just about two weeks away from the start of our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange. We want to thank everyone for your kindness and generosity in sponsoring children for their surgeries. LWB is blessed with the most AMAZING supporters! We will of course be blogging each day during the week of the exchange, but we wanted to share a few stories of the children coming ahead of time, so that as you follow along that week, you will know some of their background.

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For those new to this type of surgery, you should know that a cleft refers to any gap in a child’s soft tissue, bone, or both. 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.

What’s a Cleft Medical Exchange?

Just one more month until the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, which will take place from April 12-18 at the Kaifeng Children’s Hospital in Henan province.  If you are a new LWB supporter, you may wonder what a cleft exchange is. We are happy to provide more information so you can join in the excitement!

Cleft exchange group

An LWB Cleft Exchange is a week in which cleft specialists from both the US and China (surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses) come together to share knowledge about the latest developments and advances in the treatment of cleft lip and palate. Dozens of children receive the best medical care possible during this exciting partnership. Read more.

Snapshots of 2014

On this very last day of 2014, we give thanks for all the lives changed this year because of your support. This week we’ve been reflecting on just how much we have accomplished together and have chosen a few special moments to highlight. Join with us in remembering a very special year of hope and healing, and please know that none of it would have been possible without you.

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Luke

It’s that time of year when many of us receive holiday cards and newsletters from friends talking about their children’s activities and accomplishments of the past year. Since Luke is still waiting for his forever family, we thought we’d take this opportunity to brag about him and everything he has been up to this fall!

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Luke is seven years old and is in “senior kindergarten” this year, which he really enjoys. Read more.

Serena: Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

It is always a joy to welcome a baby or toddler from one of LWB’s healing homes into our foster care program and to have the opportunity of watching them thrive in their new family environment.

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While at our Henan Healing Home, Serena had her cleft lip repaired. Read more.

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