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This fundraiser ended on 09/06/11

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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 are they only way to fix this problem. As it stands, she's already broken off one tooth in the front of her mouth and before she can have the others removed, she has to spend forty hours in a hyperbaric tank - another side effect of the radiation treatment.

Insurance will cover the extraction of her teeth, but not the sedation and not the dentures themselves. This is why we're trying to raise $7000.

NOTE: There is a very generous anonymous donor that will match the first $500. {MET!}

EMAIL: mmosheskie - at - gmail.com
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