We are starting to see more smiles since the local mask mandates have been lifted.
Braces are meant to enhance a smile and for Skylar, braces brought her confidence back, thanks to a program called Hunter’s Smile.
Hunter’s Smile is a project created to give people in the community braces, free of charge, in memory of Hunter Seifert.
Orthodontist Dustin Hollevoet says, “Hunter was a patient of mine back early on back in 2010-2011…and just normal everyday athletic cool kid… healthy as could be…”
Until he he got diagnosed with cancer.
Dustin adds, “He proved to be a far stronger human than I am than basically anyone that I’ve met…
Since Hunter’s passing, Hollevoet has gifted five people with free braces to keep Hunter’s legacy alive. One recipient was 15-year-old Skylar Rogalla from Bismarck whose aunt nominated her.
Skylar says, “That made me really grateful for my aunt because she did that and I ended up fixing my smile.”
And the financial burden for Skylar’s mom to pay for braces was lifted
Patty Rogalla, Skylar’s mom says “I immediately freaked out. I broke down. I don’t even have words it was so great.”
Skylar says since receiving these braces her confidence has grown. She says, “When I didn’t have braces I used to smile with my mouth closed because I was so self-conscious about it.”
Patty adds, “Or covering it with your hand.”
Skylar agrees, “Or covering it with my hand. So now I don’t. I’m trying not to smile with my mouth closed and trying to embrace my new smile.”
Dustin says, “It’s a very simple thing to do. And its not noteworthy. It’s nothing like that. It’s just something we can do . It’s part of a bigger picture.”
A picture worth smiling for.
Hollevoet says it’s a pay-it-forward attitude that keeps him inspired to help others.
For more information on Hunters Smile and how you can nominate someone go here.