Help Patrick Lawler
State and national media have relayed the story of Breckenridge resident Patrick Lawler and his surprising adventure with a nail gun. For those readers who missed the story, Patrick had an accident at his construction site and thought he had been hit in the face only by the back of the gun. Swollen and still in pain several days later, his wife Katerina brought him last Wednesday to our Dillon dental office for a panoramic dental film.He was very surprised to learn he had been hit by a nail, and the film showed it passing near his optic nerve and ending in the bone in the floor of his brain.With all the good luck of surviving this accident comes the monumental problem of the medical bills. Time will tell what they total, but the first day’s surgery was estimated to come to more than $100,000.As is too often the case, my understanding is there is no workmen’s compensation insurance, and no general medical insurance.Kate is a superb chairside dental assistant at our Breckenridge office, and a delightful person. My partner Dr. Bob Meister and our other associates, hygienists and staff have volunteered their time and office overhead for a day of donated dental care at all three offices. All the proceeds are to go to the Patrick Lawler medical fund at Alpine Bank. You may also just make a contribution directly at any branch. To date, we are planning on working at the Dillon and Breckenridge Family Dental Centers on Sunday, Feb. 13, the day before Patrick and Kate’s anniversary. We will see any patients needing a full range of treatment from cleanings and examinations to previously diagnosed work. All the charges for the day are to be paid directly to the medical fund. This is a win-win with locals getting any work they need done, and helping out a hard working local family. We will also have jars in the offices for any other donations through March, and bank deposit slips with their account number on them. As a second special donation, all during the month of February, and at all three offices, we will provide professional tooth bleaching trays and bleach for half our usual fee. ($170 instead of the usual $340), and the offices will donate $100 for each set of trays to Patrick’s medical fund. This is an extremely deserving young couple who needs your help.
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