Monday, October 19, 2009

Dental students host 5K Run/Walk Oct. 24

Dental students at the Medical College of Georgia will host a 5K Run/Walk Oct. 24 to raise money for Give a Smile, a student-run foundation created to assist dental patients who need help paying at least a portion of their bill.

The organization was founded by 2007 graduate Dr. Nathan Dallas after treating a patient who lost her four front teeth due to domestic abuse and couldn’t afford dental work.

Dental students present patient cases, including the desired treatment plan and how much the patient can pay, to a board of students. Board members meet monthly to determine which cases to take and how much they can contribute. Give a Smile funds, bolstered by an anonymous donation last year of $10,000, are allocated through the School of Dentistry business office.

"The money we raise for Give a Smile goes directly to underprivileged patients, which is especially significant in today's economy," says senior dental student and race director Leigh Ann Trotter. "Last year's event was very successful, and we're hoping this year's will be too."

The event will begin at the School of Dentistry on Laney-Walker Boulevard at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $25. For registration and more information, visit

Amy Connell

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