DLN Success Story – Florida Woman Receives Transplant thanks to DDS Volunteers

Laura and DDS Volunteer Dr. Krauser.

Laura, 48, lives in Sarasota and is fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant was Laura’s last treatment option in fighting cancer. To qualify for a transplant she first needed dental clearance. Laura hadn’t been to a dentist in a few years and often experienced pain when eating.

Before her diagnosis, Laura enjoyed working, and hanging out with her friends. She liked to entertain her friends and family with stories of life growing up around the Ringling Brothers Circus where her parents were performers. Now her focus is getting healthy again.

With only a small Social Security Disability benefit and food stamps, Laura’s monthly expenses exceeded her income and she has difficulty making ends meet. Unfortunately, she could not afford the dental treatment she needed in order to qualify for the transplant. It seemed she had nowhere to turn for help.

How DDS Helped

Fortunately, the Moffitt Cancer Center referred Laura to the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program and she was linked with three generous volunteers:

  • Dr. Lauren Krauser restored 12 teeth and donated a four-unit bridge.
  • Endodontist Dr. Margaret Young performed two root canals.
  • Sun Dental Labs donated the crowns

Post Treatment

Thanks to this team, Laura’s dental health has been restored and she is one step closer to winning her cancer battle.

“This is a life-altering program. I don’t know what I would have done without this. It is amazing that dentists donate their time to help people.” —Laura, DDS Patient

“Laura was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was very easy to get along with and supremely flexible with when she could come in. Most of all she was grateful for the services provided. She sent me the most beautiful heartfelt letter. That was the best form of payment I have even been given.” —Dr. Lauren Krauser, DDS Volunteer