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Oral Health Rehabilitation Fund receives support
Left to right: Prof. Denise Zwicker, Dr. Ferne Kraglund, Dr. Lee Erickson
The Faculty of Dentistry's Oral Health Rehabilitation Fund recently received a boost of $3000. The money represents the profits from the Homecoming Celebration Dinner, held in September 2018. Each year, the money raised from the dinner goes to support one of the Faculty's outreach clinics.
Susan Keating-Bekkers (DDH'91) started this fund a few years ago to help patients who needed to have some or all of their teeth extracted, but who could not afford dentures. Her hope was that other donors would be encouraged to contribute to the
Dr. Ferne Kraglund, assistant dean of students, explains that the Faculty's clinics can get patients out of pain but can't always "give them back their smiles and their dignity".
That's where the the Oral Health Rehabilitation Fund helps. It provides sponsored care for those patients who cannot afford dentures, helping to give them back their self confidence, and teaching dentistry students a lot about outreach in the process.
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