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Children's Oral Health Center LogoThe second annual SMILEWalk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, at White Rock Lake in Dallas. The 5K walk benefits the Children’s Oral Health Center, a no-charge dental center providing oral health services and education to underserved children in Dallas.

Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry and the Baylor Oral Health Foundation signed on as official sponsors for the event’s inaugural year in 2006 and return as sponsors for this year’s walk.

 Dr. Anthony Bolin  Lisa Harper Mallonee
     Dr. Anthony Bolin
     Lisa Harper Mallonee
Faculty members Dr. Anthony Bolin, assistant professor in public health sciences, and Lisa Harper Mallonee, associate professor in dental hygiene, are serving as co-captains again this year for the faculty team. Last year, the faculty team raised $3,300 for the COHC – the largest amount raised by any participating team.

The COHC relies on donations and a volunteer staff of dental professionals to provide oral health care to children in the Dallas Independent School District who might otherwise not receive dental care.

“Despite the recently announced increases in Medicaid reimbursement and the reinstatement of the dental CHIP insurance program, many children do not fall into the eligibility criteria for these programs and are still falling through the cracks of our health care system,” says Bolin. “Only with generous donations from individuals and other sponsors of events like the SmileWalk fundraiser will we continue to be able to provide the care these children desperately need.”

There is no walker registration fee; however, walkers are encouraged to raise money in support of their participation in the walk.  For more information on the 2007 SMILEWalk, go to the COHC Web site at www.childrensoralhealthcenter.org or contact Joleen Bagwell, COHC president and CEO, at jbagwellcohc@childrensoralhealthcenter.org or 214.370.0299.