CDS dentist raises money for special needs patient
A Chicago Dental Society member is spearheading an effort to raise funds to help a Chicago area 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy get needed dental care that requires expensive anesthesia.
Dr. Jeffery Cantor, along with colleague John Mrozek, are trying to raise money to help Alex K., who has cerebral palsy and a severe seizure disorder and has extensive tooth decay due to his need to take a syrup medication that contains sugar three times a day.
The treatment requires general anesthesia. The boy’s mother, who is his sole caregiver, does not have the financial ability to pay for the procedure and also has needs extensive dental care. She also has other health problems and faces foreclosure on her home, according to Dr. Cantor. The mother cannot work outside of the home since she takes care of her son.
Dr. Cantor encountered Alex about six years ago when the dentist was doing pro bono work for Easterseals as its dental director. That program closed in June of 2015 as the state budget impasse shut down grant funds for the program.
To help the family, Dr. Cantor and Dr. Mrozek decided to create a GoFundMe account to help Alex and his mother.
The page at https://www.gofundme.com/alexs-dental-fund was created Feb. 16 and has a goal of $17,500 with $5,000 to fund Alex’s general anesthesia dental work, $2,500 for his mother’s dental work and $10,000 to help the two with living expenses until they can find affordable housing.
As of Monday, March 6, the fund had raised $4,098, which is $902 shy of what is needed to schedule Alex’s dental care.