The ripple effect of giving is something we celebrate at LEAP. The beauty of being big-hearted is that there’s no telling how far your generosity will travel. The story of Li Ying and the Lamon family is one of our favorites.
LEAP offers hope to children who have no options for care in their home countries.
The Landmark Program, in partnership with Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, makes it possible for children with the most complex surgical needs, who live in underserved areas of the world, to travel to the United States to receive high quality medical and surgical care.
LEAP saves lives.
Many of the children served by LEAP Global Missions have such severe craniofacial abnormalities that they have been abandoned as infants or sent to palliative care facilities. We see it as our sacred duty to change the course of their lives for the better. We often take care of or greatly reduce their travel and surgical costs, and we also coordinate host families who will offer these children a loving and safe environment while they heal.
LEAP provides long-term care to those brought to the United States for treatment.
The children served by the Landmark Program often require multiple surgeries that are too complicated to perform in their own countries. In many cases, they are allowed to stay in the United States for an extended period of time. And often, we are able to help orphaned patients through an adoption process while they are in the U.S. In these cases, we feel that God brought us into their lives so that we could ultimately unite them with their forever families.
When Peter (Xuan) arrived from Beijing in February 2017, we only planned for him to be in Dallas for two weeks while he underwent a simple bilateral cleft lip revision. His condition was actually more severe, requiring four surgeries in four months.
David (Long) traveled from Beijing to Dallas with Peter; both were orphans from two different orphanages. David had a significant craniofacial cleft and hypertelorism that was surgically repaired over a period of 9 hours.READ MORE STORIES
Li Ying’s Story
Li Ying originally came to Dallas from China in 2005 after six months of careful planning and prayerful consideration by Dr. Craig Hobar. She had the most severe craniofacial cleft that he had ever seen. Her condition was so rare that no research existed at the time for a recommended course of treatment.READ MORE STORIES
14 Countries Reached
45 Patients Served
Dominican Republic 11 (24%)
Haiti 4 (9%)
Bahamas 2 (4%)
Egypt 1 (2%)
Algeria 1 (2%)
China 7 (15%)
Russia 3 (7%)
Cuba 1 (2%)
Kenya 1 (2%)
Moldova 1 (2%)
Belize 5 (11%)
Honduras 2 (4%)
Mexico 1 (2%)
Jordan 1 (2%)
Most Served Country: Dominican Republic
Gender Ratio: Male 25 vs. Female 20
- 10 orphaned
- 9 adopted
- 37 children and 8 adults
- Average child age: 7 years old