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Community Connection - April 2010


HSC-BCD helps Haiti

Great job graphicThe Staff Forum extends thanks to all of the employees and students who participated in the recent Haitian Relief effort. A total of $385 was raised.

Monetary donations were accepted the latter part of March by the Staff Forum leadership. The donations were then given to the American Red Cross in support of its efforts to provide ongoing assistance to the Haitian people following the February earthquake. The funds will be used to provide food, fresh water and aid in the cost of distributing shelter items to the earthquake victims.

Blood drive a success

The spring blood drive on campus was a success. Thirty-three volunteers participated and 30 units of blood were collected. Thank you!


ADS Community Service Project

The Asian-American Student Dental Association is providing a free dental and oral cancer screening and sealant event for adults and children residing in the community near HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry.  The event is on April 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at the First Laotian Baptist Church, 3125 Peoria Avenue in Dallas. 

Anyone interested in volunteering for the event should contact Amir Rabiee  at arabiee@bcd.tamhsc.edu or Estera Zanca at etomulet@bcd.tamhsc.edu.


Oral Cancer Walk logoSNDA Oral Cancer Walk

The Student National Dental Association chapter at HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry will lead Dallas' second annual Oral Cancer Walk on May 1 to raise awareness of a disease that kills more than 7,000 Americans each year.

"Major risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco and heavy alcohol use," explains Danyelle Scott, dental student and walk organizer. "If detected in its earliest stages, however, oral cancer is easily treated. The key is early detection and prevention."

The student group also hopes to increase awareness of the fact that oral cancer disproportionately affects African-American men, who have the highest rates of oral cancer in the United States.

Free oral cancer screenings for adults and sealants for children will be available at sites along the walk route.

The walk will be held at Concord Baptist Church, 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive in Dallas. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the two-mile walk starts at 10:30 a.m.   The first 20 registered walkers will receive free Oral Cancer Walk T-shirts. All walkers must have at least one sponsor and collect a minimum of $20 in sponsorship. For more information and to obtain registration and donation forms, go to www.oralcancer.org/events/current_events.htm Questions can be e-mailed to dallasoralcancerwalk@yahoo.com

Mexico mission trip

Information and registration forms are now available for the Constructores Para Cristo mission trip to Piedras Negras, Mexico. The trip will be July 18-24.

Constructores Para Cristo is a faith-based nonprofit organization serving the border town of Piedras Negras, Mexico, approximately 150 miles southwest of San Antonio. The CPC mission is to provide basic housing, medical and dental care, and education for the poor, working Mexican families who often live in desperate conditions. CPC also provides a spiritual work/retreat opportunity for volunteers to work beside and empower the Mexican people. Started 23 years ago, CPC has provided care for thousands of deserving patients.

For more information see Leeanna Bartlett, assistant professor and director of social services, in room 735 as soon as possible or e-mail lbartlett@bcd.tamhsc.edu.