March Story of the Month

Making It Happen

Moments before our recent Mobile Dental Clinic opened its doors, there was a palpable sense of anticipation – not just of the important work that would be done, but for the stories that would unfold and remind us why our mission matters. Martin, a high school junior, missed out on our clinic the previous October. Undeterred, he sought assistance from a trusted teacher to complete the paperwork and enrolled himself in the February clinic. Despite requiring a deep root canal, a service beyond the clinic’s scope, Martin, with the help of his brother, received the necessary treatment from a volunteer dentist in Los Angeles. 

Then there’s Alice, a teenager with a troubled home life. At 13, she had endured over a decade without dental care. Despite the emotional strain, Alice took matters into her own hands and enlisted help from her school counselor to navigate the paperwork and secure her place at our clinic. With courage and determination, Alice reclaimed control of her dental health, understanding its profound importance, and refusing to let her circumstances dictate her well-being.

But it’s not just the students; parents like Vanessa and Maria showed us unwavering dedication. Felix’s mom, Vanessa, discovered our clinic through social media and despite having limited time with Felix due to shared custody, she devoted her weekend to ensure Felix received the extensive dental treatment he needed, even negotiating with her ex-husband for extra time to complete the procedures.

And then there’s Alejandro’s mother, Maria, whose love knows no bounds. Despite her own mobility challenges, Maria embarked on a daily journey with Alejandro by bus to the clinic, refusing to let anything stand in the way of her son’s dental health.

These are not just stories; they’re real-life examples of doing what is necessary to make it happen. They remind us that behind every dental procedure, there is resilience, love, and sacrifice And for Young & Healthy, our mission is not just about providing dental care—it’s about ensuring that families like Martin’s, Alice’s, Felix’s, and Alejandro’s, find the hope and possibility they need.

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