Celebrating Survivorship, One Smile at a Time
The 2015 Smiles for Life honoree is Angela Ratterman from Lousiville, Kentucky! We are thrilled to give her the smile of her dreams, which will be revealed at the American Cancer Society’s Diamond Ball on November 21. In partnership with the American Cancer Society, dentists Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom’s philanthropic award bestows a cosmetic dental makeover worth $25,000 to a cancer survivor. To learn more about Smiles for Life and Angela, please read below.
Cancer and Oral Health
A great percentage of cancer survivors are plagued with a number of problems, many of which are related to their oral health. Chemotherapeutic agents and radiation therapy often ravage the oral environment. Dry mouth, rampant decay, and tooth loss create functional and aesthetic issues. The Silverstrom Group dentists are experts in managing these problems. In addition to the physical manifestations, these patients often suffer from low self-esteem and confidence, which can affect their emotional health. As a Board Member of the Mental Health Association, Dr. David Silverstrom sees and understands how these survivors are affected. A new smile speaks volumes, and a cancer survivor deserves a reason to celebrate! The oral reconstruction performed on Betty over the next few months will rehabilitate her mouth function, restore confidence and renew her self-esteem.
Angela Ratterman’s Story
Angela’s Smile Makeover: Behind-the-Scenes
Nominate the Next Smiles for Life Honoree
Please send nominee’s information (nomination will be kept confidential) to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Name, age, current city of residence
- Image of patient
- Type of cancer
- Year diagnosed and duration of treatment (must be in remission)
- Their story
About The Smiles for Life Award
Launched in 2014, the Smiles for Life Award was created by The Silverstrom Group to rehabilitate the mouth of cancer survivors. Dry mouth, rampant decay, and tooth loss are common symptoms of cancer patients, which create functional and aesthetic issues. The dentists at The Silverstrom Group are experts in managing these problems. Dedicated to philanthropy and the fight against cancer, The Silverstrom Group donates a $25,000 cosmetic makeover to one cancer survivor per year. Potential candidates are elected by local plastic surgeons and the selected recipient is chosen based on need. By documenting and revealing this transformative process through a partnership with the American Cancer Society, the award showcases to the world the healing power of a smile makeover and celebrates survivorship. The Smiles for Life Award rehabilitates mouth functionality, restores confidence and renews self-esteem—truly creating a smile that speaks volumes.
The Silverstrom Group 580 S Livingston Ave, NJ 07039
To learn more about The Smiles for Life Award, please contact our Marketing & Communications Director Nubia DuVall Wilson at email@example.com.