Universite de Montreal
I am writing to thank you and the Pierre Fauchard Academy for the Student Award you provided to me and my fellow student presenters at the recent Canadian Dental Association meeting in Saskatoon.
As you know, undertaking a course and career in dentistry has its financial challenges. With the cost of dental schooling today, it is reassuring that organizations like yours are supportive of we who are beginning our dental journey. You have shown us that giving back is important when we have achieved success in our chosen field. Thank you very much for helping us when we needed it most.
Mississippi Dental Association Foundation
On behalf of the Mississippi Dental Association and its volunteers, I would like to thank you for the recent grant awarded to the Mississippi Dental Association Foundation to help fund the second Mississippi Mission of Mercy (MOM) Project. The MDA Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) developed for the purpose of sponsoring projects and promoting activities that improve the oral health of all Mississippians. We were so pleased to receive your support in 2011 and your commitment to join us for the 2013 project means more than you know. Your sponsorship to help Mississippians obtain healthy smiles is appreciated by those who will provide care and, more importantly, by those who will benefit from the free dental treatment they receive.
The Mississippi Dental Foundation is now much closer to meeting our total project budget that is needed to provide the second Mississippi MOM project. Our goal is to treat 2,000 patients who will receive $1,000,000.00 in free dental care. These patients will return to work, school and home-life pain free after having received the dental treatment they needed to be restored to a state of optimal overall health.
We invite you to join us for our second MS MOM event. The Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy will be recognized for your generous donations and support.
Again, thank you for making it possible for us to provide desperately needed dental treatment to those who need our help.
Michele Aiken, LSW, Project Coordinator
Adopt a Vet Dental Program
Thank you so much for approving our grant request for the Adopt a Vet Dental Program (AAVD). We appreciate your support of our program and our efforts to provide low-income veterans with the dental care or dental lab costs for our veterans.
Linda Haigh, President
Dental Lifeline - Denver
Twenty-six years ago, Randall, age 57, donated a kidney to his sister. Now with end-stage renal disease himself, he couldn’t qualify for a kidney transplant without the dental treatment he severely needed.
Carmella, 77, worked as a prison guard for 13 years until two heart attacks forced her out of a job. Now suffering from lung cancer and in poor dental health, she hasn’t been able to afford a trip to the dentist for the past nine years.
Where would these people be today without you? At Dental Lifeline Network, we know all too well. Without your support, they would still live in severe pain with decayed and fractured teeth and bleeding, swollen gums, unable to take normal eating for granted. In many cases such as Randall’s and Carmella’s, patients who seek help are unable to qualify for medical treatment, surgery or organ transplants until their dental problems are resolved.
Last year, your involvement and support enabled us, together with our affiliates and partners to serve 14,685 people through three humanitarian programs: Donated Dental Services (DDS), Bridge/Campaign of Concern and Dental HouseCalls. Through DDS, 15,192 volunteer dentists and 3,350 laboratories dramatically transformed the lives of 7,400 vulnerable people who received $24 million in dental therapies. For most of them, our organization was their last resort.
We continue to be challenged. With the lingering impact of a weakened economy, more vulnerable people are asking for help at a time when funding sources are limited. For that very reason, we want you to know how much your commitment truly means. Never has your help meant more than it does today. We are profoundly grateful to you.
However, our thanks to you never be as meaningful as that of our patients. A message from Randall (above) who needed a transplant: “With the help of volunteers along with Dental Lifeline Network, I was given the chance of a kidney transplant. I am doing well and getting my back in order. I thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for your help.”
Thomas Flezar, DDS, Chairman