Children of China Pediatrics Foundation
YES Foundation is a proud supporter of the Children of China Pediatrics Foundation (CCPF).
The Children of China Pediatrics Foundation (CCPF) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization. CCPF sends all-volunteer pediatric medical teams from the United States to China to perform surgeries on orphans to correct disfiguring birth defects and disabilities, and to share medical information, surgical techniques, and hands-on training in rehabilitation with Chinese colleagues and orphanage caregivers.
Gena Palumbo founded CCPF in 1998, following the adoption of her second child, a healthy daughter from an orphanage in Nanjing, China in 1996. Like many parents, Ms. Palumbo was overjoyed and tremendously grateful for her children but did not stop thinking about those left behind. In China, the fact is that many children in orphanages with special needs and medical problems are unlikely to ever be adopted. Desperate to help, Gena created an organization with one simple goal in mind: to improve the everyday lives of Chinese orphans with disabilities through medical intervention. Since 1998, CCPF has performed 15 medical missions and almost 600 surgeries in six different locations, and helped almost 1000 children.
Whose lives have been transformed
Dang You had never taken a step on his own in his six years, relying entirely on crawling to get around. His life has been primarily inside, unable to start school or play with other children. CCPF performed a bilateral hamstring and gastric release surgery and nine weeks after surgery, after removing his casts and starting therapy, Dang You started standing and took his very first steps.
Jiu He was born with early onset scoliosis, leaving her spine severely twisted. As she would grow, the position of her spine would limit the ability of her lungs to grow and expand. Her ability to breathe would be compromised. Jiu He has received three spinal surgeries through CCPF. The first surgery implanted growing rods in her spine, and the subsequent surgeries adjusted those rods to accommodate her growth. Adjustments will need to be continued, but now Jiu He’s spine will continue to straighten as she grows. With the help of CCPF, Jiu He was adopted by a family in Ohio.
Three-year-old Ai Ping was born with both fingers and toes fused together; a rare disorder for most children, but common among orphans and one of the leading causes of disfigurement that results in their abandonment. Without separated fingers or toes, Ai Ping would not able to feed himself, learn to write or even turn a page in a book. Despite being one of our more complicated surgeries, CCPF was able to create digits for his hands and feet, giving him the ability to open his own world.
CCPF Mission Possible Gala
Over 250 attended the “Mission Possible: Transforming Children’s Lives” Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Held Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City, the event raised over $425,000.
Thanks to the incredible support shown throughout the evening, CCPF will be able to enlarge its impact in 2017 with more surgeries for disabled orphans, more rehabilitation training for orphanage staff, and we will launch the Infectious Disease program at the Nanjing Welfare Institute.
Linda (Mei) He, Chief Executive Officer of Wailian Overseas Consulting Group, and founder of YES Foundation, was honored with the CCPF Global Leadership Award. Vincent A. Benenati, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of East Coast Orthotic & Prosthetic Corp., was honored with the CCPF Humanitarian Award.
The Gala was co-chaired by Gena Palumbo, Founder & President of Children of China Pediatrics Foundation, and David J. O’Brien, Gala Co-Chair, CCPF Board Member, Partner, Brand, and Marketing and Communications of Ernst & Young LLP.
The event was co-hosted by Teresa Priolo, three-time Emmy-nominated reporter, FOX 5 co-anchor of Good Day Wake Up, and Wang Guan, Chief Correspondent CGTN America, Communications/Policy Strategist.
YES Foundation President, Sabrina Xu, made the announcement at the gala that famed film star Zhang Ziyi () will serve as the new Global Ambassador to Children of China Pediatrics Foundation.
Other VIPs attending the gala included: Elizabeth S. Vinton, Executive Director of Children of China Pediatrics Foundation; David Roye, Jr., MD, John Connor, MD, Joshua Hyman, MD, Elizabeth Corsini, Eda Chao, MD, Michael Goettig, Heakyung Kim, MD, Haiyang Hong and Philip LaRussa, MD.