UMKC Hosts GKAS Clinic
Posted by Paul on 2/1/2013 1:35:00 PM
Today I traveled to Kansas City to volunteer at the first ever Give Kids A Smile clinic held at UMKC. It was a smashing success under the leadership of Dr. Michael McCunniff. Thanks to the generosity of Delta Dental, the clinic was able to afford having buses bring in children from six elementary schools in under served communities. Some private practice dentists joined in with the 3rd year dental students to provide the essential care. Toss in the Tooth Fairy, a free lunch, and a few more friendly volunteers to help make kids feel special and you have the recipe for a good first effort. I believe close to 138 children were seen before the 4th year students needed the clinic space back.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Deron Cherry, former Kansas City Chief star, whose foundation helps sponsor Score 1 for Health. This organization provides free, comprehensive health screenings in schools. They helped pre-screen the children and schools that participated in the event. I was so impressed with Mr. Cherry's commitment to children and this refreshing emphasis on prevention that can give kids a real chance to pursue their dreams rather than deal with undetected health issues.
I want to salute Dr. McCunniff and his whole team and all those who eagerly pitched in to make this trial event a success. The UMKC setting makes sense and I know the students benefited from hands on work with kids. I'm already looking forward to next year.
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