ClearChoice Miles 4 Smiles
Organized by: Jeremy Gilpin
On July 31st, a group of committed runners will join together to compete in a 24-hour team relay race from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs. They will race over 200 miles and 2 mountain passes. This effort goes beyond bragging rights and personal achievement.
These runners are doing so to make a difference for someone else. The ability to smile easily and comfortably is something many of us may take for granted. It is not until we meet someone who may suffer possibly both physically and emotionally from a dental condition that we appreciate what we have in our own smile.
Phyllis Gilpin suffers from a dental condition that began early in her life and continues to deteriorate today. Phyllis brings smiles to people’s lives every day while her own smile hides discomfort and a fear of her future condition.
Please read her story and help us help her smile!
"Getting new teeth means so much to me. I had high fevers as a child and my teeth next to the two main teeth didn't come in, so as a result the two eye teeth came in there place. I was always self conscious. When I entered High School a boy told me I would be pretty if I didn't have fangs. My Dad saved money and got those fangs capped for my wedding. Later I developed gum disease and couldn't afford the bone replacement and so I did what I had to do and got an upper plate and prayed I could keep my lower teeth, but they said they wouldn't last for long. My gums have recently been bothering me and I have been concerned I was going to have to get a lower plate. I have been putting it off because I've heard they float around a lot. When Jeremy called I nearly couldn't believe what I was hearing. I really don't know how to express my feelings. My whole life the first thing I notice on a person is their smile. I guess because I have always been so self conscious. Thanks to all of you I will be grinning from ear to ear. God bless you all."