Dr. Wilkerson and her team strive to make an impact not only in the office, but in the community as well. See some of the many ways the office stays involved in the community and ways that you can donate and help.
Union Mission Food Drive
Each year, Union Mission gives out food to thousands of people before holidays. During the holiday seasons, we organize a food drive at our office to fill as many barrels as we can to help those in need. Our patients are always willing to
help by donating canned goods to help fill the barrels. By doing so, the Union Mission food drive helps children to understand the importance of giving back to the community. Did you know that just $1.97 can buy one meal and $24.95 can buy a family food box and feed a family of four for one week? Our team values the importance of giving back to our community, especially to those in great need.
Dr. Thomas Wilkerson Scholarship
Dr. Wilkerson recently had the pleasure of awarding the winning recipients of the Dr. Thomas Wilkerson Scholarship. Each recipient received a $500 check to go towards their education expenses. The scholarship is awarded to Children’s Dentistry patients who are pursuing a career in dentistry and dental hygiene. The 2018 recipients of the Dr. Thomas Wilkerson Scholarship were Sarah Mease, Alexander Lusk, and Andrew Lusk, who were chosen by submitting an essay stating why they have chosen dentistry as a career, who inspires them to achieve their best, and how they intend to impact the population of West Virginia in the future.
Sarah has been accepted into the Dental Hygiene program at BridgeValley Community and Technical College and stated in her essay “I am eager to begin hygiene school because education means everything to me.” She also wrote “I have only had positive experiences at the dentist. The amazing staff of Children’s Dentistry provided me the inspiration to pursue a career as a dental hygienist.”
Alexander is attending West Virginia University School of Dentistry and stated in his essay “As a dentist practicing in West Virginia, I would focus on providing quality, but most importantly, affordable dental care and focus on proper communication with my patients.” He also stated “The staff at Children’s Dentistry also played an important role in this career path I have chosen.”
Andrew is attending a pediatric residency program at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Richmond, VA. He stated in his essay “The choice was easy, nothing ever crossed my mind other than dentistry.” He also said that he credits this career path to his positive experiences at Children’s Dentistry and he wants to recreate the same experience for future generations.
Congratulations Sarah, Alexander, and Andrew on receiving the Dr. Thomas Wilkerson Scholarship! Children’s Dentistry wishes you all the best in your future endeavors in the dentistry field. The office will take essays again next year from our patients who wish to pursue a career in dentistry. For more information on the Dr. Thomas Wilkerson Scholarship, please visit our website at childrensdentistry-wv.com
Dr. Tom Wilkerson, Dr. Tracy Wilkerson’s father, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2000. Since living through her father’s diagnosis, Dr. Wilkerson and her family have been committed to helping this organization find a cure for this disease. She joins with the Association to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of WV
The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia opened on July 12, 2003. The Center, a 240,000 square foot structure, houses performing arts, visual arts and sciences under one roof – one of the few of its kind in the country. Located in the state’s capital city of Charleston, the facility is home to the Clay Center’s Avampato Discovery Museum, the Juliet Art Museum and the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, home of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The Clay Center’s mission is to inspire creativity, learning and wonder through experiences in the Arts and Sciences for all people of West Virginia and the region. Children’s Dentistry has sponsored live performances of Peppa Pig, Charlotte’s Web and Dinosaur Zoo Live, the Eggstravaganza & Hallo-Weekends family fun events and hands-on exhibits in the Mylan Explore-atory.
Heart of the Mountain Mission
Heart Of The Mountain Mission is a non-profit organization located in West Virginia and serves the people of La Digue Matheux, Haiti. Heart Of The Mountain Mission strives to serve God by partnering with the underprivileged people and communities in Haiti to provide educational opportunities, medical relief, entrepreneurial assistance, and overall improvement in living conditions and nutrition. The goal for all endeavors focus on self-sustaining programs that respect the people and culture of Haiti while simultaneously sharing Biblical principles. Children’s Dentistry provides dental supplies to the children in this area and hopes to one day start a dental clinic for the residents of the village.
Kanawha County Dental Health Council
Dr. Wilkerson has been on the Board of Directors of the Kanawha County Dental Health Council for 13 years. Dr. Thomas Wilkerson, Dr. Tracy Wilkerson’s father held this position before her. This group has over 50 Years of service to the students of Kanawha County who have no dental coverage or are from difficult economic situations. It allows children to get dental health needs met during the school day at no cost to the patient. This becomes a larger burden each year with the changing economy of our region and this group works tirelessly to meet the needs of these school children of Kanawha County. Recently, we had our patients color a picture after their appointment with us. For each pictured that was colored, we donated a contribution to the Kanawha County Dental Health Council. It was great to see the participation from the kids and their artwork!
The Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness
Our team participated in the Oral Cancer Foundation Walk on April 1, 2017 to help raise awareness about oral cancer within in the community. At the event, they offered free oral cancer screenings and educated the participants about the importance of regular screenings at their dental visits. This year, close to 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer and it cause over 9,705 deaths, roughly killing 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Our team had a great time supporting such an important cause to help raise more awareness for oral cancer!
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Once again, Children’s Dentistry supported the annual Susan G. Komen walk on May 6, 2017. Each year our team sets up a table on the Boulevard with cups of water for the runners and walkers. Our banner was displayed on the building and we gave balloons to the little ones participating in the walk. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run
Our team participated in the Jingle Bell Run on December 17, 2016 to support the Arthritis Foundation and help raise awareness within the community. The Jingle Bell Run sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation is a fun and festive holiday theme 5K that helps raise funds to support arthritis research. Arthritis is the nation’s number 1 cause of disability and affects more than 50 million adults and over 300,000 children in the U.S. Our team enjoyed getting in the holiday spirit to help raise awareness for a great cause!