Our mission will be dedicated primarily to surgical mission trips to countries with children who have burn or general plastic reconstructive surgical needs.
In honor of my father, Rolando Morales, Sr., I have created a 501c3 foundation, The Morales Foundation. The foundation honors my father's dedication to children with surgical reconstructive needs. His benevolence and passion for helping others inspired me as a child and helped me identify my life's purpose. It set me on a path to become the plastic surgeon I am today.
By way of background, my father dedicated his entire life as a medical sculptor to the Shriners Institute in Galveston, Texas. It was his first and only job for 40 years! The hospital provided free care to children from around the world who suffered burn injuries or who were born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate deformities. He made the silicone pressure garment therapy and protheses (silicone ears, noses, eyes, etc.) for these children. As I grew up, I spent many summers with him and so I had the opportunity to interact with plastic and reconstructive surgeons at a very young age, which as I stated, led me to dream of being a plastic surgeon. Unfortunately, my father suffered a hemorrhagic stroke five years ago, shortly after his retirement. This life changing event galvanized my interest in channeling my passion into a charitable cause that would honor my father's legacy. Now that I am living my childhood dream of being a plastic surgeon, I have worked hard to build a thriving practice and I am blessed with an incomparable surgical center and team. It is my time to give back. It would bring me great joy if you would join me in supporting this worthy cause.
The foundation's second annual fundraiser will be at Hotel ZaZa on February 10th. It will be a casino night with silent auctions, door prizes, and raffles.
The first fundraising event was on January 13th, 2023 a Golf Tournament Fundraiser at Wildcat Golf Course in Houston, Texas. Shotgun start scramble with 110 players. Contests, auctions, raffles resulted in funding the first mission trip!
The foundation's first mission trip in 2023 was to Guadalajara, Mexico. We were able to provide reconstructive surgeries for ten children! The procedures ranged from congenital nevi removal, scar revisions, and burn reconstruction.