The Novato/San Rafael Chapter of Smile for a Lifetime Foundation (a non-profit organization that provides orthodontic care to needy children) has extended its deadline for applications to Thursday, June 20. Local kids have the opportunity of a lifetime — to receive “the gift of a smile” and free orthodontic care that can change their lives.
The local chapter was launched in 2008 to reach individuals with financial challenges, special situations and orthodontic needs. Don Wilson, DDS, MSD, a Novato orthodontic specialist, spearheaded organizing the non-profit organization’s North Bay chapter. Applicants must be children, ages 10 to 17, whose family income does not exceed 200 percent of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ poverty guidelines. Board members for the local foundation will choose the recipients and care will be provided by Wilson.
Oral surgeon Mahr Elder, MD, DDS, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and Kim Vogee of Marin Orthodontics, also donate services.
“Our mission at Smile for a Lifetime is to create self-confidence, inspire hope and change the lives of children in our community with the gift of a smile,” Wilson said.
Last year’s winner Sara Sanchez Gonzalez of Novato said receiving the scholarship made a major difference in her life. “I want to be a lawyer,” she said. “If I have a better smile it will help me reach my goals.”
Wilson’s office is located at 7250 Redwood Blvd. in Novato. “Dr. Don” graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. and completed his dental degree at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. He completed his orthodontic residency and master’s degree at Indiana University.
Find Smile for a Lifetime on Facebook. The application with instructions is available at www.wilsonortho.com/s4l.htm. Letters of recommendation are needed and can come from neighbors, dentists, teachers, etc. Photos of the applicants’ teeth are also required.
Applicants will be notified by Aug. 31 if they are proceeding to the next phase of the application process. For more information, call 415-878-0240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.