THE LEAP TEAM
LEAP is extraordinary with a beautiful mission of helping children receive free surgical care they likely would not otherwise receive. In the mission field, strangers become friends, friends become family, and we share unforgettable moments across the globe that last a lifetime. Whether my first or my tenth trip, each has shown the greatest leaps of the human spirit. While our mission work is certainly powerful, our daily work with staff and volunteers also carries forth the heart of LEAP.
RYAN SNYDER THOMPSON
LEAP exists to achieve life-changing results for each and every one of the patients we treat. Whether operating on a congenital deformity, a burn injury from a cook fire, or a wound resulting from a disaster context, LEAP surgical volunteers are committed to returning normalcy, functionality, and the prospects of livelihood to all we serve. This reality is confirmed anew for me every time we send another surgical team into the field. The fact that I get to be a part of it all is an incredible gift.
Vision, passion, and purpose are qualities that drew me to join the LEAP family. At LEAP, we are blessed with a group of incredibly dedicated volunteers, amazing partners around the world who graciously welcome us to their hospitals, and a true commitment from our supporters over 20+ years to provide continual, superior free surgical care for children in need. Each time I witness the expression on a parent’s face as they see their child after surgery for the first time, I am reminded of the life-changing work I am privileged to play a small part in facilitating.
There is nothing more rewarding and meaningful than knowing you’ve made an impact in a child’s life. LEAP has given me a wonderful opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of helping others. I am sincerely grateful to work with such dedicated and compassionate volunteers. It is because of their tireless work that I am able to witness the great joy and relief of a thankful parent.
LEAP gives a second chance to children who may not have a chance at all due to their appearance and surgical needs. There is no better gift than a smile - especially one from within. It all starts with the staff and medical volunteers that make these missions possible, and they, along with the amazing families that we have had the privilege to treat, have touched my life in a way that I will be forever changed.
At LEAP, you’re part of a team of caring, dedicated humanitarians and healers, all working towards the same ultimate goal: to transform the lives of others in a positive, meaningful way. Every action, no matter how small, is a step towards helping someone in our global community lead a happier, healthier life. At the end of the day, you can say, “I helped someone today; it was a good day.”
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