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Are you like James? No way to afford a dentist?

3:48 PM, Sep 6, 2013   |    comments
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  • James, who lives off 103rd, worries about saving the few teeth he does have left in his mouth.
  • James, a friendly fellow, chuckles about how much he would love to bite into an apple. But like many folks who can't afford a dentist, that's not possible.
    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- James can't afford to lose any more teeth.  Already, he's missing teeth on both sides of his mouth.  That's why he's grateful the Healing Hands clinic on Timuquana saved the teeth he does have.

James says by the time he pays rent and other bills, his monthly disability check won't even touch a regular dentist's bill.

Unfortunately, there's an estimated 400 to 500 people are on the waiting list for the Healing Hands clinic.

That's why we're trying to raise funds to build a new dental clinic, which could serve 6,000 patients right away when it opens, per year.

The Weaver Foundation is matching donations up to $100,000.

The new clinic would serve uninsured, low income adults and children on the First Coast.

 

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