I am forever indebted to all the doctors who helped me, particularly Dr. Usama. I am where I am today because of GSF.
Diego first came to GSF in 1996, when he was three months old, to have GSF volunteers repair his cleft lip. He returned a year later for surgery to repair his cleft palate. GSF followed Diego throughout his childhood and adolescence; our volunteers were there to provide him with two subsequent operations needed as he grew and developed.
Diego graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class and is now in his second year of college studying social communication. In September 2014, he was interviewed on CNN’s Espanol Ismael Cala Show. He dreams of a career in political consulting or TV production.
“GSF changed my life,” said Diego. “I am forever indebted to all the doctors who helped me, particularly Dr. Usama. I am where I am today because of GSF. I want to give something back to my community in honor of what GSF has done for me.”
“I am not a surgeon, but I want to help the children and their families in any way that I can. I understand their struggles, because I went through the same hurdles. I want every child on the mission to forget about their fears, even if just for a little while, knowing that their life will forever change for the better.”
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