October 1, 2012
Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Jeffrey Meilman, MD, and the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation are helping to make a difference in the life of 20-year-old Lockport man with a facial deformity. Troy Gillon, Jr. underwent plastic surgery this morning, October 1, courtesy of Dr. Meilman, to remove multiple facial tumors with skin resurfacing.
Troy Gillon, Jr., waited for surgery with his with his mother, Nicole Stower and father, Troy Gillon by his side.
Gillon has suffered with extremely large, multiple, facial, keloid tumors, through much of his teen years. These deformities have severely impacted the young man's life. Although not malignant, these tumors are hard to control and gradually keep enlarging.
Keloids occur most frequently in individuals of African-American descent like Gillon and in those with darker skin. Gillon’s keloids, like many others, followed inflammation caused by acne.
Dr. Meilman, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and his Hope for Tomorrow Foundation helps children and young adults in medically underserved countries throughout the world and right here in Western New York who receive needed surgery to correct facial deformities and other physical conditions caused by birth defects or injuries.
During the past decade, the organization, which had been recognized by Pope John Paul II for its charitable work, has helped more than 2,000 children and young adults from around the world.