Meet Our Second Chance Recipients, Celia and Michelle!
Celia’s daughter, Crystal, submitted an application for her mother to be considered as a candidate.
Crystal Tells Us Why Restoring Her Mother’s Smile Is Important to Her:
My mother’s name is Celia, and she is 61 years young with the kindest, giving, selfless soul. At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma in which I battled for three years. During those years, my mom was my rock, and as a single parent of two boys and myself, she managed to work at one point three jobs while caring for a terminally ill child. Even during the roughest times and hardships, she found joy in giving to others. An example is that one year she decided that she was going to take her Christmas bonus and buy toys for the children in the hospital because of our experience with being in the hospital during the holidays. She said, “No one deserves to be in the hospital on Christmas,” and that was the start of our tradition. She also volunteers at the church with many of their functions. These are just a few things to share with you of the type of person she is and the giving heart she has. For years, she has placed herself on the back burner while she cares for and bends over backward for others. This led to her to not taking care of all of her own needs.
Crystal Tells Us Why She Thinks Her Mother Is a Good Candidate for the Second Chance Program:
I think my mom would be a good candidate because she deserves to look in the mirror and know that not only is she beautiful on the inside but the outside as well. I would love more than anything to see her be able to look good and feel good, with the confidence I know she would have if her teeth were fixed. She has been in tears over her missing teeth, and with her being on a fixed income, she has no funds to get this corrected, and if I could afford to give her the gift of a beautiful smile, I would.
Michelle Tells Us About Her Dental Health:
I had braces that I left on too long, and I was too afraid to see a dentist. I now have lots of teeth that are rotting and falling out. I work around a lot of people and children, and my breath is unpleasant.
Michelle Tells Us Why Restoring Her Smile Is Important to Her:
I want to overcome my fear and be able to smile back to all the children I’m around and not have people back up because my breath is unbearable. I won’t even smile in pictures because not many teeth left or are only half there.
Michelle Tells Us Why She Thinks She Is a Good Candidate for the Second Chance Program:
I’m a single mom with three beautiful children, and I would love to set an example finally. I have no insurance but would love to smile to boost my confidence.