After a lifetime in service to others, Billie found herself to be the one in need. She served as a nurse during the Vietnam War, spent years working in the foster care system, and supported parents of children with special needs. By the time Billie reached her 75th birthday, she had enjoyed a full life guided by her generous heart. But her health challenges seemed to multiply.
Billie underwent femoral bypass surgery and had both hips replaced, while her dental health continued to decline. She had lost numerous teeth, and many were decayed. Eating was difficult, and her diet was limited. Without dental insurance or other access to care – even from the VA – dental care seemed unattainable.
Through the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (dba Dental Lifeline Network), Billie found the help and compassion she needed. We assembled a team of volunteers - including an orthodontist, general dentists, and a dental lab - who restored several teeth and provided upper and lower partial dentures, totaling $7,200 in care. This care helped Billie return to a normal diet and relieved her of the pain and discomfort she suffered with for many years. She told us, “I will be forever grateful for the gift of being able to smile and feel confident again.”
Donations to CFC help us put smiles on the faces of more people like Billie who desperately need, but cannot afford, extensive dental treatment. Thousands of people across the country are waiting to be matched with a volunteer dentist who can help. Your donation can be the catalyst to getting them the care they need.