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Helping raise money for teeth since cancer took the old ones!

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.

As of 10/31/2012, 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 $5000.

As of 1/28/2013, the surgery for the five posts has been completed! A wait of five months has been imposed so that they can (hopefully) take and Mary's jaw can strengthen once more.

6/10/2013, a second surgery was performed to add the tops of the posts (abutments) to the pieces that were implanted in January. Along with that, yet another flap was done on Mary's tongue so that there was more room for the teeth she's hoping to have!

7/2013: Started the process of actually getting those teeth. It's been messy, but also a little eye-opening. It's a long process, but if all goes as planned, it should all be done by mid-September.

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