Operation Smile: How You Can Help Critically Ill Kids of Military Families

Imagine being a child and told to enter a chamber, not to move, and be all by yourself for a long period of time. It’s scary, and that’s why Operation Smile has been created.

This GoFundMe project will make an extraordinary difference for the critically ill children of the military who come from all over the world seeking treatment at Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

We, as a community, have a wonderful opportunity to make an enormous difference for the critically ill children of the families who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice so much to keep us safe. These families walk an unfamiliar path, with fear and untold courage. Due to deployments, these children must often walk this path without one or both of their parents.  

The Problem

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a major medical procedure used to diagnose and determine treatment for critical diseases in children. This procedure can be very frightening for a child. Scans that are almost complete are often lost because the child becomes claustrophobic and panics. The alternatives – sedation or anesthesia – come with their own medical risks.

The Solution

Cinemavision is a set of goggles that interfaces with the MRI machine and virtually eliminates fear and claustrophobic. The goggles are worn by the child and allow them to watch a DVD or TV, or listen to an iPod, Internet radio or MP3 player, thus helping them to forget about their surroundings and the MRI machine. The goggles have been proven to effectively eliminate claustrophobia and prevent the need for sedation.

The Goal

Many private hospitals, as well as some Veterans Hospitals, are currently using the system, however the National Military Medical Center is in need of these goggles to help their patients. This GoFundMe project has been created to raise $40,000 to purchase this system for the National Military Medical Center.

How You Can Help

To learn more and make a donation, please visit GoFundMe. Every bit helps to make a difference for these children.

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Kellie S

Kellie S

Kellie Sandrik is the creator of the online magazine Hooray for Moms. She has been writing for more than a decade about everything from parenting to travel to money-saving tips and more. She is the proud mother of two boys who drive her nuts and make her fall deeper in love with them on a daily basis. Her favorite thing to do is experience new adventures with her boys and husband.
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Kellie Sandrik is the creator of the online magazine Hooray for Moms. She has been writing for more than a decade about everything from parenting to travel to money-saving tips and more. She is the proud mother of two boys who drive her nuts and make her fall deeper in love with them on a daily basis. Her favorite thing to do is experience new adventures with her boys and husband.

One thought on “Operation Smile: How You Can Help Critically Ill Kids of Military Families

  • December 8, 2016 at 11:18 am
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    What a lovely idea and a great cause for sure! Well done for raising awareness of it!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

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