Liam

Liam, now 7 years old, was unexpectedly born with a hairy nevus that covered half his forehead and over his right eye. Doctors told his parents that the nevus could potentially develop into cancer.

His worried parents researched doctors through the insurance plan and couldn’t find the right one to perform such an important and delicate surgery. But their research led them to Dr. John Reinisch. Luckily, they were all based in Los Angeles. But they did not have the resources to pay for the surgeries on their own. They discovered Small Wonders Foundation, which raised funds to help pay for costs surrounding the first of five surgeries Liam would need to remove the nevus. Dr. Reinisch donated his time and felt strongly that Liam should have the surgeries while he was young, even before he started school.

The assistance the friendly and outgoing Liam received from Small Wonders Foundation and Dr. Reinisch has inspired him to want to become a doctor or nurse when he grows up so he can help people and carpool to work with his mom, who’s a nurse!

Caly Angel was born in the Philippines with a hairy nevus across her cheek. Her parents were afraid the nevus might grow and also were concerned about the social repercussions their only daughter would have to deal with on the playground and in school.
 
They started researching solutions but meanwhile downplaying the abnormality to Caly by calling it her “lucky charm.”
 
Caly’s parents could not find adequate treatment for her in their native Philippines, so they bravely traveled to the United States to seek the right surgeon. Luck was on their side. They were introduced to Dr. John Reinisch.
 
But without insurance in the U.S., paying for the surgery was not possible for them. The family sought help from Small Wonders Foundation and Dr. Reinisch donated his time to remove the nevus. Happy and sweet, 10-year-old Caly Angel is thriving. She is in 5th grade at a magnet school in Los Angeles and her interests include music, cooking, chess, singing, art, gaming, and technology.