In 2008, Dr. Curtis Schalit co-founded Operation Changing Lives (OCL), a non-profit 501(C)(3) medical service organization based in Daytona Beach, with fellow surgeon Dr. John Akers. OCL’s primary purpose is to perform life-altering maxillofacial surgeries for disadvantaged patients with severe facial deformities, both in the United States and abroad.
Volunteer & Community Service Efforts
Visit Operation Changing Lives today to get involved or to make a donation.
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We are changing lives one face at a time.
We believe that all people deserve to live their lives with dignity. For those suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate, or other facial deformities, dignity begins with a smile. In many cases, those with deformities face uncertain futures because they cannot afford the surgery they need. Often they are too embarrassed to attend school and work. Every person deserves the ability to smile and a chance to thrive.
We hope you’ll join us with your support.
Operation Changing Lives is funded through donations from private donors and local businesses. Our free surgeries and medical missions are made possible by the volunteers and donors who generously contribute time, talent, and resources to our cause. Dr. Schalit and all who assist in providing surgical care do so on a purely voluntary basis, with no compensation for their time or services.
OCL is a volunteer-based organization that hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds. These include toy drives, 5k races, golf tournaments and more. Participate or volunteer in our events to be a part of the family and move a worthy cause to its fulfilling goals!