The vibrant and significant history of Mending Kids International began with our founder and devoted full-time volunteer Cris Embleton almost 30 years ago. After the tragic passing of Cris' adopted daughter just prior to her first birthday, when $5 worth of medicine would have saved her life, Cris set out to make certain children around the world had access to life-saving surgeries and medical care.
By building relationships with local hospitals in Southern California and third world physicians, Cris was able to bring children to the United States for surgery and provide treatment to others through annual medical missions abroad. She formed her own international non-profit organization, Healing the Children - which is now running in 14 states!
Nearly five years ago, in order to expand the mission in California, Cris and her local Board of Directors broke away to form Mending Kids International. Cris will always be such a special part of our daily mission to help children around the world receive transformational surgeries to live normal, fun childhoods!