BUFFALO, N.Y. – The annual UB Run for Smiles, created by
students at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine to
raise community awareness about the dental clinic’s
affordable oral health care, will take place on Saturday, April 26
at 10 a.m. in the Health Sciences Quad on the South Campus.
In only its third year, the race has become a touchstone event
for the UB community and the UB Dental family. It is an opportunity
for the dental school to inform Western New Yorkers about the
low-cost oral health care services it provides and to educate the
community about the entire range of programs available.
The race helps fund two of the most important programs for those
in need: Counseling, Advocacy, Referral, Education and Service
(CARES) and Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA).
CARES is a joint program between the dental school and the UB
School of Social Work to provide solutions for patients who face
barriers to accessing oral care or issues financing treatment
plans. The program has a donated dental services option to help
patients at the school afford the treatment they need.
BOCA is an outreach program that allows students at the dental
school to render treatment to underserved patients in Western New
York, the U.S. and around the world. Through this opportunity,
students have traveled from Tennessee to Fuji, from Africa to
Central America, and to Vietnam and many other locations.
The race has become much more than just 3.1 miles. For many it
has become a journey where runners are able to enjoy a challenging
course, individuals are educated about UB Dental’s affordable
services, and students, faculty and staff get to give back to the
local and global community.
“Each year the goal is to make people aware of our
services with the hope of making UB Dental a household name in
Western New York,” says Michael Glick, DMD and dean of the
dental school. “Donating profits to two programs are an added
benefit of our mission. We look forward to continuing with a bigger
and even better race every year.”
For more information on this year’s event, visit the
website at www.ubrunforsmiles.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the day of the event, Ed Morrison, chief marketing officer
will be on site or available at 716-955-0393.