August 12, 2018, Lawrence Journal World
The Douglas County Dental Clinic takes dental services directly to kids in need in more than 50 schools in seven Kansas counties, according to a news release from the organization. That number will likely increase this year.
“Claire believed that quality health and dental care should be available to all,” her mother Shannon VanLandingham, of Lawrence, said in a news release. “Granting funds to purchase the Friendly Smiles van is the perfect way to kick off this new project and to carry on Claire’s legacy.”
Julie Branstrom, executive director of DCDC, said in the news release that some of the kids the program serves have gone without dental care for years. Taking care straight to the kids at school eliminates the hassle of parents missing work and kids missing so much class time for appointments.
“Some of them have been suffering with dental pain which has caused them
to have difficulty eating, concentrating in school and has even made some
self-conscious of their smile,” Branstrom said in the release.
Ask your child’s school nurse, call DCDC at 785-312-7770 ext. 206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about availability of services. For more information about Claire and the new fund in her memory, visit bemorelikeclaire.org.
My kind-hearted, smart daughter shared this with me a couple of years ago. May it be so.-Shannon VanLandingham
May God bless you with discomfort,
At easy answers, half-truths,
And superficial relationships
So that you may live
Deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression,
And exploitation of people,
So that you may work for
Justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears,
To shed for those who suffer pain,
Rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand
To comfort them and
To turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you
With enough foolishness
To believe that you can
Make a difference in the world,
So that you can do
What others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness
To all our children and the poor.