Thanks to the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation (S4L) a 13-year-old, Anaheim girl has a brand new smile!
Eby Davis-Calvo was the recipient of a S4L scholarship which provided her with a set of braces.
Thanks to the foundation which is a national non-profit that provides orthodontic care and free braces to underserved children with financial challenges, and local orthodontist Robert Gire, the Anaheim teen was fitted for braces.
“It’s all about helping these kids build their self-esteem,” said S4L board vice president Brandy Lewis. “If they don’t feel good about their teeth they won’t smile.”
“Smiles are a large part of an individual’s identity and S4L believes finances should never stop a child from achieving the dream of a straight smile,” Lewis said.
The foundation was launched in 2008 and sponsors the orthodontic care of hundreds of patients each year.
Davis-Calvo was chosen out of 15 candidates about a year ago.
The selection process included a short questionnaire, proof of financial need and photos.
“We have seen kids who literally never smiled because they didn’t like their teeth,” Lewis said. “Fixing their teeth makes such a difference in their lives.”
“A smile is how you greet someone, and what people notice first about you,” said Orange County Chapter Board President Marlo Klein.
Eby’s mother explained the importance of the foundation saying, “Without their generosity, a single-mother like me wouldn’t be able to afford this.”
“I am so thankful for being chosen,” her daughter said. “I feel like the happiest person in the world.”
For more information on the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation visit www.ocs4l.org.