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PDS® Foundation Raises Over $180,000 for Special Needs Dentistry with “Stroll for Special Needs” Virtual 5k Event
By Lisa Padilla - Thursday Dec 10, 2020
The Pacific Dental Services (PDS®) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to improving overall health by improving oral health through opportunities to serve locally, nationally, and internationally, held its first ever Stroll for Special Needs on Saturday December 5 and Sunday, December 6 to raise funds to increase dental care for the special needs community. The virtual 5k invited participants to run, walk, stroll or roll a 5k (3.1 miles) to help the PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. The clinic provides high-quality oral health care for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities and their families. Nationwide, participants got outside and supported the cause, raising over $100,000 in donations to the clinic. To further increase access to dental care for the special needs community, Pacific Dental Services (PDS®) continued their culture of service by donating $80,000 to the clinic, bringing the total donations to $187,451.

“With the generous support of our participants and donors we were able to far surpass our original $80,000 donation goal for the PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic,” said Kyle Guerin, Director, PDS Foundation & Corporate Social Responsibility. “Everyone should have access to care. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many people. With the money raised from the Stroll for Special Needs, we’re able to create greater access to care for special needs patients.”

Nationwide, more than 52 million people in the U.S. have special needs. Unfortunately, less than 10% of dentists treat patients with disabilities because of their lack of training and the patients’ negative reactions to common dental procedures. The PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic offers patients sensory-integrated operatories and state-of-the-art technology, as well as specially-trained dentists equipped with behavioral and environmental techniques to ensure successful patient visits. Patients receive comprehensive oral health care including crowns, fillings, hygiene, implants, root canals, and oral surgery, and will also be provided with emergency care if needed.

To learn more about The PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic, contact the PDS Foundation at [email protected].

Provided by Anthea Davis