Piura, Peru - Michael Demian, ReSurge International associate director of foundations & corporate relations
Luis and Pablo were both born with a dark, disfiguring birthmarks across their faces. Despite living in distant towns in Peru, Luis and Pablo both grew up knowing all too well what it was like to be different. Five years ago, while patiently waiting to be seen by ReSurge doctors, the two met and a beautiful friendship was born.
After undergoing their first rounds of surgery, each boy returned home, but this time things were different. Not only was the mark across their face significantly smaller, they each knew they had the other for support. Despite living four hours away from each other, Luis and Pablo have remained friends. This year, ReSurge doctors removed what remained of their disfiguring birthmarks. Afterwards, they each went back to their hometowns with new faces and a lifelong friend.