Basketball and Community Outreach
March brings with it a promise of spring — and quite a busy month for me and my team. We’re starting to feel the pull of warmer weather and finally shaking off what’s left of winter. All of us are looking forward to seeing bright blue skies, saying goodbye to the bitter cold, and waking up to a shining sun. Let’s not forget that March brings with it plenty of fun too.
year in Danbury. We’ll be heading out on March 20 or 21 to join almost 500 other volunteers. I’ve been a huge part of CTMOM since day one, and I’m thrilled to head back out and help the community where I can. CTMOM is a two-day event where medical and dental professionals provide free dental services to anyone in the community so they can get what they need done. On the dental side, this includes an exam and cleaning, plus fillings or a root canal if appropriate. We can provide dentures, especially for a front tooth or several front teeth, and give patients hope for a better smile. This year’s CTMOM is what we’re calling a “Full Mission of Mercy.”We’ll be setting up at Western Connecticut State University with around 130 chairs to provide our services to the community.The whole event takes a full day to set up. Our materials, including chairs, instruments, and everything we need that would support a clinic on any given day, will be set aside in huge boxes and later assembled with assistance from plumbers and electricians. We’ll have dentists, hygienists, assistants, physicians, and students all there to participate; plus, emergency medical technicians will be standing by in case they’re needed. Additionally, we’ll have a whole area set aside for optimizing disinfection and sterilization and an area where we can distribute soft and hard goods to our patients. The entire setup costs around $500,000–$700,000, all of which is donated by foundations, charities, and individuals throughout the state of Connecticut.These donations keep this amazing event running each year. If you’re interested in learning more or want to get involved, visit the website at CFDO.org.
One of those fun things, of course, is March Madness. I think most of us are somehow involved with the hype of the college basketball championship. For the past few years, Connecticut has been represented strongly by our women’s team, which holds 11 NCAA titles and ranks fourth nationally. I love this time of year
A look at the 2019 CTMOM clinic in full swing
when people all across the state come together to celebrate local teams, even if that means just chatting about favorite teams or asking how the championship is going. I know my staff and I are hoping that the local teams make it this year; though by the time this newsletter comes out, we will know the participating teams. As always, we’ll be hoping for our men’s team to snag a spot, but we know that the women can easily make it to the Final Four and even bring home another trophy.We’re all very excited to see how the championship turns out this year. In addition to all this excitement, my staff and I are preparing a huge trip for our annual participation with the Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) program. In years previous, we’ve gone to many cities throughout Connecticut, including London, Hartford, and New Haven.This year will be our third
We’re excited for what this March is bringing us, and we hope your spring is wonderful and full.
–Dr. Kevin Norige www . southwindsorsmiles . com
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