The three Lori brothers were born with a rare condition called facial paralysis, which meant they couldn’t close their mouths, show facial expressions or even smile.

After dozens of doctors told them there was no hope for their sons, the family found Dr. Ronald Zuker, the pediatric plastic surgeon who pioneered a muscle transplant surgery.

The family was so thankful to the surgeon, who volunteers for the medical charity Operation Smile, that they wanted to give back.

They created their own charity, The Three Bears, to help other kids who are awaiting surgeries for their own smiles.

The boys bring teddy bears for the children to hug while on the operating table and offer words of encouragement that carry special meaning because they come from a child who knows what they are going through.

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