Help Dalan Get a New Nose

$2,318 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 54 months
Tal Dagan
on behalf of Jacque Spence
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Dalan Jennet, 14, lives on the island of Majuro in the Marshall Islands, and is just like any kid. He likes to climb trees, play basketball, and make music with his ukulele. But 5 years ago, after scaling a tree with some friends, he tripped and fell face-first onto a live wire. With flesh burned beyond repair, doctors had to remove his nose and several toes, leaving him with a painful injury. Since then, Dalan has stayed home from school, preferring to spend most of his days within the confines of his yard.

Through partnership with Dr. Tal Dagan (one of our volunteer ENT surgeons), New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mt. Sinai, Mentor Worldwide, the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ministry of Health, and many others, Canvasback Missions will help Dalan receive a new nose with the application of a 3-D biomaterials printing process in New York City.

Dr. Dagan, NYEE, Mentor, and the RMI have generously donated the cost of Dalan's surgeries and flights, but there are many other related costs that need to be covered. Please help make it a reality with a donation to Canvasback Missions  toward the required medical services and costs of his 3-month stay in the U.S.

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Canvasback Missions  is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has worked to bring healthcare and health education to the islands of Micronesia since 1981. For more information about Canvasback Missions, and how you can help individuals like Dalan receive much needed healthcare, visit their website:
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It has come to my attention that in order to qualify for a formal tax deduction (1040 form) please make your donations directly on

Canvasback Missions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides life-changing surgeries and healthcare that would otherwise be unavailable, for Dalan and many others like him - any excess funds raised for Dalan will be used to help other individuals in Micronesia. Canvasback will provide a tax deduction receipt for your donation.
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Dalan's upcoming surgery will involve a combination of new technologies that are all innovative and the latest word in medical and surgical care and diagnostics. We will be employing a technology that has only recently been introduced into the market available through New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai called Spy Elite that allows high-quality image sequences of blood flow in vessels and micro-vessels, tissue and organ perfusion within minutes and in real-time during the course of performing surgery. This will be the first documented case this technology is being employed for the purpose of assessing blood flow through facial burns to ensure the likelihood of tissue survival.
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Another minor hurdle aside from Canvasback Mission facilitating the passport and travel documents necessary for travel which happens to be more complicated than it is here. Apparently, his birth certificate and government id papers have different birth dates and that takes sorting out. Now, an additional requirement from the FDA to fill out some paperwork and get approved for "compassionate use" of the 3-D printing technology because it was not approved specifically for the purpose we are using it. Hopefully this will pave the way for facilitated reconstruction cases for many others in the future.
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Our support is growing in the last 16 hours with nearly $1500! We still have a long way to go, but all your donations are the building blocks that will help Dalan in the next few months.

We are currently in the final stages of obtaining special permission from the FDA for the use of new technology that has just gotten the approval for facial reconstruction, but has never been used for nasal reconstruction and surgical planning. The 3-D model printing will facilitate accurate building of cartilage and bone for his nose which will be constructed from rib and harvested bone.

We also will be utilizing a new technology for the assessment of blood flow on the skin surface using a laser that "pings" blood vessels in areas where we want to know if there is ample blood supply to support the tissue implants that will go in before we use them. This is especially helpful in the middle of Dalan's face where he incurred third degree burns, as the skin tissue may be damaged.

Among the companies contributing to our reconstructive efforts is Oxford Performance Materials (, based in Connecticut, who 3-D prints materials that can be used to reconstruct facial defects. A company called Materialise (, based in Belgium, provides computer aided design engineers that can help us virtually reconstruct a new nose for Dalan.

The trip from the Marshall Islands to New York City is long. It will take Dalan several days to travel via San Francisco, where we will buy him clothes to prepare him for the not-so-warm weather of NYC (he has never left the 80+ degree weather in the Pacific).

To make his transit more comfortable, a mask prop and makeup specialist for movies will design a prosthetic for Dalan to help him temporarily during travel times or in public so he is not so self-conscious about his appearance (he has not left his home aside for the recent hospital visits in five years). Upon arrival in NYC, we will start preparing him for surgery.

The attached photos show how we made the mold for the face mask for Dalan, as well as how we made an impression of the defect for the computer aided design and 3-D printing process. The last image is Dalan's impression with the initial model of the new nose I sculpted out of plaster, which will be scanned into a 3-D processing unit where our engineering team will fine tune a new nose for him based on old pictures and his brother's nasal anatomy.
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$2,318 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 54 months
Created March 10, 2015
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Doug Hyun
26 months ago
Runar Holen
47 months ago
Stewart Friedman
52 months ago
Joyce Glantz
53 months ago

You're in great hands, Dalan. I'll match Mom and Dad!

Rosalyn Glantz
53 months ago
Mike Smolin
53 months ago
53 months ago
Limor Sharoni
54 months ago

Good Luck :)

Edna and Jacob dagan
54 months ago

...... How about this even number?....

Maryann Gloriously
54 months ago

I will be praying for Dalan!

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