Practicing dentistry for almost 40 years in Elk Grove with our large family of patients has put me in what I consider the unique position of observing a huge number of heartfelt personal stories. Some of those stories I have already shared with you in previous blogs, but one very special story came up just the other day that I thought I should once again share with you. One of our special needs patients came in with a wonderful story of his participation in the Special Olympics a few months ago in Los Angeles. He had the singular honor of being picked to be a torch bearer for the opening of the games. His only disappointment was that he could not actually participate in the games even though he had trained very hard in several events. That is because as a torch bearer he could not compete as the organization tries to benefit as many people as possible. Thus torch bearers cannot compete. Rest assured, he didn’t complain about it at all. He was just thrilled to be a part of the whole gathering of wonderful people. Now this patient has been with our practice for over 13 years and takes remarkably good care of himself with the help of his family and tremendous support of friends and the Special Olympics organization. We have on many occasions had the opportunity to support his efforts both financially and with moral support and guidance. But he is the one that deserves the special recognition for all of his tremendous efforts. In speaking to him the other day, he would like nothing more than to have the support of our family of patients to help Special Olympics in any way that you can. Please go to their web site and see what you can do to help this very worthy cause as it helps special needs patients like ours to be an active participant in our society. After all this is what makes us who we are as a great country, a caring society, and very giving individuals. Thank you in advance for all of your help and we look forward to many Special Olympics to come. Your Donation Changes Lives!