Mary and Alex return home today from their once in a lifetime mission trip to Mexico for PPA Charities and Operation Smile. We know they had an amazing experience and how special to be able to share in that as mother and daughter. We look forward to sharing more about their experience soon. In the meantime […]

Mary and Alex return home today from their once in a lifetime mission trip to Mexico for PPA Charities and Operation Smile. We know they had an amazing experience and how special to be able to share in that as mother and daughter. We look forward to sharing more about their experience soon.

In the meantime we wanted to share videos from the four days of surgery.

Day 1 Surgery – 9.23.13

First day of surgery for 20 amazing children. The volunteers are literally angels that went in and changed these children’s’ lives under the leadership of Operation Smile International and Mexico

Day 2 Surgery – 9.24.13

The children just melt your heart. Their lives are literally being changed forever.

Day 3 Surgery – 9.25.13

With PPA Charities and Operation Smile. Day 3 of surgery and what an amazing experience this trip has been. Making new friends, changing lives, learning and laughing a lot and making children smile one volunteer at a time.

Day 4 Surgery – 9.26.13

Day 4 of surgeries on the mission trip. So many little faces, so many smiles, so many amazing volunteers.

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As many of you know, Mary Fisk Taylor and her daughter Alex Taylor are in Mexico this week participating in a mission trip on behalf of PPA Charities and Operation Smile. Mary has been instrumental in the success of PPA Charities support of Operation Smile. This is very near and dear to their hearts so […]

As many of you know, Mary Fisk Taylor and her daughter Alex Taylor are in Mexico this week participating in a mission trip on behalf of PPA Charities and Operation Smile. Mary has been instrumental in the success of PPA Charities support of Operation Smile. This is very near and dear to their hearts so we wanted to let you see a little glimpse into their experience. We will share more as the week continues.

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Before we share the video we thought we would a few words that Mary expressed on their GoFundMe page.

“My daughter, Alex Taylor, and myself leave on 9/18 for a 12 day mission trip with Operation Smile to Tolucca, Mexico. We are over the moon excited to be on this trip together and support both PPA Charities and Operation Smile.

Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives. As an international charity for children, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on all of the faces we help. At Operation Smile, we’re more than a charity. More than an NGO. We’re a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft. One in 10 of those children will die before their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a productive life.

Every child deserves access to safe, quality surgical care. Every child deserves a future filled with hope. That’s where we come in as the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided more than 3.5 million comprehensive patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities. Our work creates a lasting global impact. We train local doctors in developing countries and strengthen healthcare systems so more children in some of the poorest areas in the world can be treated.

As one of the most prominent charities for children in the world, we work in over 60 countries to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future. Together, we are saving children’s lives.”

Day 1 Video


“We set up today at the children’s hospital. The screening process began and we saw many children that may or may not be candidates for surgery next week. We have a great team and we are super excited to be apart of this great team.”

Day 2 Video

“Day two of screening has come and gone. Day three announcements will be made many families will find out that Operation Smile will be changing their children’s lives forever, some will be sent home in hopes that next time will be their turn. This team of 70+ amazing volunteers, nurses, surgeons, dentists, anesthesiologists, support staff and students have screened and taken care of everyone of these children and their families as they went through the process. We only wish we could help them all.”

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We dream about the perfect wedding and put in all efforts and time to make it a reality. It is definitely the most special day of a person’s life, where he/she is united with the love of his/her life forever. This special occasion will remain incomplete if the lovely memories of the day are not […]

We dream about the perfect wedding and put in all efforts and time to make it a reality. It is definitely the most special day of a person’s life, where he/she is united with the love of his/her life forever. This special occasion will remain incomplete if the lovely memories of the day are not captured. This thought has popularized wedding photography and photographers.

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Today, the wedding photographers are very creative. Not all wedding pictures are about posing with each other or the guests. Several photographers specialize in taking candid pictures which look real and beautiful too. Photographers work with the venue of the wedding and come up with ideas to make the photographs look absolutely stunning.

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