Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58says Ms. Gelinas, who works as director of the Community Oral Health Initiative at the St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children. The Foundation, which helps pay for the program, works together with the Ronald McDonald House Charities to make sure the Care Mobile is staffed and ready to take care of children. Ms. Gelinas recalls an 8-year-old girl who arrived in the Care Mobile with so many problems that the dentist had to pull four teeth in one day. At the end of the visit, the dentist said to the girl, “You must hate me.” But the girl replied, “No. I know you are helping me.” Some children need to come back to the Care Mobile five or six times because they have many problems that need to be fixed. Occasionally, the dental problems are so severe that the Care Mobile is not equipped to handle them. In those situations, Ms. Gelinas’s staff works to find help for the child with a specialist. Judy Gelinas Bringing dental care to children Judy Gelinas has been “reaching the unreachable” since 2005 when she started to run a dental office on wheels. The large white Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is set up to treat children who otherwise would not get their teeth cleaned or examined. Their families either don’t have enough money to bring them to a regular dental office or have a hard time finding a dentist in their neighborhood. The Care Mobile solves those problems. It travels through narrow North Philadelphia streets and parks outside schools, day care centers, and summer camps to make it easy for children to visit the dentist. And the visits are free. The Care Mobile seeks to prevent dental problems so children can grow up with attractive, cavity-free smiles, Ms. Gelinas says. It also finds children who haven’t seen a dentist in a long time— maybe never. “I am so glad we can find the people with severe dental problems and that we can help them,” 16 Illustration by Kelvin Rivera, St. Veronica Healthy Hero