Sat, Apr 14 2012 12:00 PM Posted By: Special To The Star-news
Dr. John Hilinski and his wife Deborah Hilinski are native San Diegans who feel blessed to grow up and raise their own family here and wanted to give back to this great community. Dr. Hilinski, a dual board certified facial plastic surgeon and his wife Deb, a registered nurse, decided to launch The Hilinski Foundation for Surgery to help disadvantaged youth with facial deformities.
Research studies over the past decade have documented that the effect of a visible disfigurement can be devastating for a child’s development particularly when the disfigurement is on the face. As a recent patient with a sizeable birthmark on her nose said, “……other students tease and bully me and say ….is that a mole….and it hurts my feelings and makes me cry”.
A child’s development, self-confidence, and self-esteem can be greatly impacted when they experience constant ridicule, teasing and embarrassment and the impact can be life-long. There are few solutions for kids that are socially or economically disadvantaged if they have deformities from birth defects, abuse or accidents. Many children are not insured, underinsured or not covered by their insurance because the deformities are considered cosmetic in nature. Often insurance companies do not take into consideration the mental and emotional impact a disfigurement can have on a child.
This is the very reason why John and Deb Hilinski founded The Hilinski Foundation for Surgery.
They had a vision of providing charitable plastic surgery services to disadvantaged boys and girls and bringing more happiness and joy to those less fortunate. The Hilinski Foundation for Surgery hopes to provide these youth an improved sense of spirit and confidence enabling them to live life to the fullest.
There are many worthy causes around the world that are seeking your support. However, how often have you asked yourself, why do we provide such charitable work globally, committing financial and professional resources, when there are so many needs closer to home? Great question!
As native San Diegans, John and Deb have been blessed growing up here and are even more thankful to be able to raise their children in America’s Finest City. Helping disadvantaged young people within Southern California is their mission. In these early beginnings of the Foundation, they have helped kids from Southern Los Angeles to La Mesa to Imperial Beach and they hope to continue to help those with the need. As a new Foundation with limited financial resources, they want to serve the kids with needs locally first. The goal of the Foundation is to continue to grow the number of young disadvantaged boys and girls served, and the initial contribution received and those of others in the future will make that possible. Together, The Foundation will transform the lives of one child at a time through corrective facial plastic surgery.
Fixing the physical needs and allowing the self confidence and self esteem to grow within the kids is what drives the Foundation’s Founders.
If you need any additional information regarding the Foundation, a 501(c)(3), how you might propose a candidate for surgery or donate to the goundation, visit the website www.hilinskifoundation.org or send an email to jerry @hilinskifoundation.org.
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