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30 Years of Making History

Children’s Lifeline is celebrating 30 years of medical service to children.  In 1982, Nancy Reagan asked the motion picture industry to assist her in the heart surgery of two children she had brought to the United States.  Nancy’s cause inspired Salah Hassanein and his friends Joseph Sinay and Morton Sunshine – to think creatively and with an entrepreneurial spirit – Children’s Lifeline was born.

The thought was, to save more children at a lower cost.  US doctors from teaching Universities could go abroad to host hospitals in underdeveloped countries to perform lifesaving procedures while teaching the local doctors and nurses. The mission is to save and train…leaving the knowledge in the hands of the local hospitals.

The first missions of Children’s Lifeline provided cardiac surgeries. Over the past 30 years, Lifeline has sponsored hundreds of medical missions to over 50 countries and has added many other disciplines. The volunteer doctors, nurses and medical staff donate their time to this worthy cause providing countless numbers of children and their families hope for a healthy future.  A Children’s Lifeline mission leaves the US approximately every two weeks.

Join a mission, please support Children’s Lifeline with a generous donation as they celebrate their 30th Anniversary!

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