“The continued support of the Las Vegas community allows Smiles for Survivors to provide oral rehabilitation for breast cancer survivors and help educate the public on the oral side effects of cancer, which sadly touches so many of our lives,” said Dr. Olya Banchik, founder of the non-profit. “We are especially grateful to the dentists and oral surgeons who donate their time to the organization, without whom we could not offer these services.”
The SFS network provides services on a pro-bono basis and has performed more than 40 procedures on local breast cancer patients and survivors to help restore their oral health by repairing damage and alleviating pain caused by cancer treatment.
Karen Goldsmith, a local breast cancer survivor who was recently helped by SFS addressed the crowd at the event, “I know in my heart that I can never thank Dr. Olya Banchik, Dr. Bradley Strong and Dr. Mark Degen enough for the wonderful new smile they have provided for me,” she said. Following her cancer treatment, Goldsmith’s teeth started to decay and chip away. She then lost her fixed bridges and began having difficulty chewing, feeling her teeth breaking while eating. “I sincerely hope and pray that this wonderful foundation gets all the recognition that it deserves, along with the support of our community to allow them to continue with the services that they provide to breast cancer patients.”
Sponsors of the event included Cadillac of Las Vegas, Khavkin Facial Plastic Surgery and Square Colour Salon + Spa. Guests enjoyed the sounds of DJ Dray Gardner and satisfied their culinary and cocktail cravings with appetizers, desserts and drinks donated by Agave Las Vegas, B Sweet Candy Boutique, Embers Grille & Spirits, Good Karma Pretzels, Incredible Events, Karma Tequila, Rachel’s Kitchen and Via Brasil Steakhouse.
Silent auction items were donated by a wide variety of businesses including: A Team Training Center, Dr. Olya Banchik, Barley’s Microbrewery, Belly Bliss, Bikram Yoga Westside, Bronwen Jewelry, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Dr. Chelsea Dean, Dee Berkley Jewelry, Dharma Charms and Karma Beads, Discovery Museum, The Dog House, The Eye Center – Dr. Cynthia Payne, Fiesta Hotel & Casino, House of RYU, ID You and Co., Jessica Galindo Fine Art, Jill Thompson Home, JW Marriott, Karma Foundation, Khavkin Facial Plastic Surgery, Knotty and Ice Luxury Ties, The Lady Silvia, Little Gorilla Design, Lululemon, Dr. Edward J. Malik, Mandarin Oriental, Max Pawn, Melissa Blynn, MGM Grand, Neiman Marcus, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Palms Casino Resort, Pop up Pizza, Pure Barre, R&D Hipster Emporium, Red Rock Climbing Center, Dr. Jeffrey Roth, Shalimar Studios, Square Colour Salon + Spa, Vegas Show Tickets, The Venetian/Palazzo, Whole Foods Market and Woofhouse.
For more information on Smiles for Survivors Foundation, please visit www.smilesforsurvivors.org.