PHOENIX, Ariz. (October 2014)—In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, J. Philipp Centers for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, located at 3230 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 4, in Chandler, is partnering with My Hope Bag to collect supplies to fill Hope Bags that will be given to women diagnosed with breast cancer. During October, the public can stop by the dental office during normal business hours and donate items such as inspirational CDs, pink bracelets (can be homemade), breast cancer information, pink ribbon merchandise, monetary donations, and more.
Each person who donates to the supply drive—whether a dental patient or not—will be entered to win a free Zoom Whitening treatment. The practice will also donate a portion of the proceeds from its oral cancer screenings during October to My Hope Bag.
My Hope Bag, an East Valley 501©3 non-profit, was founded by breast cancer survivor Sarah Ellery. When she was diagnosed, she needed one thing: HOPE. This inspired the idea of giving the gift of hope through Hope Bags filled with comforting items to women diagnosed with breast cancer. “It’s amazing how far a little hope can go,” Ellery says. “Being able to comfort and encourage someone going through this journey is what it is all about.”
“Partnering with My Hope Bag is our way of giving some hope to those affected by breast cancer,” Justin Philipp, DMD, of J. Philipp Centers for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry says. “Women may be more likely to develop breast cancer if they have poor oral health or periodontal disease, so we want the public to be aware of that as well.”
For women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, Philipp says that they should have a dental check up before proceeding with cancer treatment. He also recommends maintaining good oral hygiene during cancer treatment. “Oral infection can be hazardous when your immune system is suppressed,” he notes.
Philipp has advanced training in treating patients receiving cancer treatment and is available for media interviews regarding the link between oral hygiene and breast cancer.
About My Hope Bag: Founded in 2011 by cancer survivor Sarah Ellery, My Hope Bag is a non-profit organization that gives Hope Bags full of comforting items to breast cancer patients free of charge. The organization also provides information and emotional support. In addition, My Hope Bag hosts several community events meant to educate the public year round about breast cancer. Learn more at www.myhopebag.org.
About J. Philipp Centers for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry: Located at 3230 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 4, in Chandler, J. Philipp Centers for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry was founded by Justin Philipp, DMD. The successful practice has won numerous awards and offers a wide variety of quality dental services. Visit www.jphilipp.com to learn more.