The family and friends of Mary Osheskie are trying to raise money to give her a new smile since cancer took her old one.
Mary was diagnosed with Stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma (tongue cancer) in July of 2009. As a non-smoker her entire life, this came as quite a shock. She had half of her tongue removed and remade from from a skin graft in her arm.
A month after her surgery, she began six weeks of daily radiation treatments and chemotherapy. She lost sixty-five pounds but managed to keep most of her hair, which she considered a fair trade-off. Unfortunately, the radiation also took a heavy toll on her mouth, killing most of her salivary glands. Without the use of saliva, a person's teeth tend to go bad in less than a year and this is what's happened to Mary.
Her surgeon and her dentist both told her that dentures and implants are they only way to fix this problem.
So far, she's had her teeth removed and undergone fifty (50) hours of hyperbaric treatment at Virgina Mason Center For Hyperbaric Medicine.
♦ The first step was the extraction.
♦ Healing from that will take four - five months.
♦ Then the posts for the implants will be placed in her lower jaw.
♦ Healing from that will take another five months, but a prosthetic upper denture (for appearance sake only) can be made to fit.
♦ Then a piece will be made to fit her posts.
♦ Finally, an upper denture will be made for her upper plate.
TA-DA! New Teeth!
The State of Washington has covered the extraction, but not the dentures OR the implants. The surgery for implants alone will cost AT LEAST $44k (A copy of the estimate can be provided upon request).
UPDATE: As of 10/16, the surgery has been covered. We now need to raise 20k.
UPDATE: As of 10/31, a wonderful prosthodontist has offered to do the work pro bono and only the lab costs have to be covered, bringing the total down to $7500.
Without the help of her community, her friends and her generous church family, none of this would have even been possible. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated their time and money so far.
QUESTIONS? EMAIL: mmosheskie - at - gmail.com
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