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ADA Foundation seeking 'GKAS spokeskids'

June 24, 2016 The ADA Foundation is asking dental professionals involved in past Give Kids A Smile programs to help locate children who have been helped by the program and who are willing to be profiled in upcoming GKAS communications.

These "GKAS spokeskids" and their parents or guardians would help tell the story of the importance of the GKAS program during GKAS' 15th anniversary commemorations in 2017.

"We know that going to a GKAS program can help a kid escape unnecessary pain and suffering," said Dr. Jeff Dalin, co-founder, GKAS St. Louis. "We want to hear from the kids themselves whether a GKAS program improved their lives in some way — maybe they raise their hands more in class, get better grades, participate in more social activities or sleep better. Or maybe a child that attended a GKAS event was so excited about dentistry that he or she decided to become a dentist."

Submit contact information to Cathy Haibach, the Foundation's senior manager of communications, at or call 1-312-440-2544.

Through the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program, more than 5 million children have received free oral health services from tens of thousands of volunteers.

For more information about Give Kids A Smile, visit