Must See Monday : A New Smile

Today’s Must See Monday is about Special Olympics Louisiana Acadiana athlete, Chris Blanchard. When Chris was younger, unforeseen circumstances led to an altercation in which his teeth were badly damaged. Over time his teeth started to deteriorate, they were prone to infections and at times, he had trouble eating. His coach reached out to a dentist hygienist friend who led them in the right direction. On several occasions doctors would meet with Chris and he would not let them go through with the screening procedures because of the pain. Finally, he met Dr. Danny Domingue, DDS (from Dr. Smith and Domingue in Lafayette) and Dr. Bennett Fontenot, DDS (from Family and Cosmetic Dental Center in Breaux Bridge). Back in January, Dr. Domingue offered his services to help Chris by removing the deterioration, infection and saw him for follow up visits. Then Dr. Fontenot fit Chris for brand new dentures! Chris recently received his new smile and his coach remarks, “He was calling everyone he knows!”

Chris Blanchard before and after

The before shot was found after hours of searching through pictures because Chris never really smiled before his dentures!

City Officials Support Team Louisiana

The Mayors from Baker, Covington, Crowley, Hammond, Minden, and New Iberia recently came together to film a short PSA to promote Team Louisiana as they gear up to head to New Jersey this June.  Check out the video below.  You can help Team Louisiana get to New Jersey by clicking here.

Meet Roy Menard

State Summer Games Roy Menard

We know you have seen this picture, now meet the athlete!

Roy Menard is an 18 year old athlete from New Iberia, LA. He is a medalist in athletics (track & field), as well as, unified basketball, softball and flag football. Roy is an outstanding athlete who has overcome many obstacles with the help of Special Olympics Louisiana. “I grew up being deaf. Special Olympics has changed my life. It has given me the opportunity to show my abilities in all sports. It has pushed me to improve…” Read more about Roy Menard here

Dreaming of Loretta Claiborne

Recently, one of Special Olympics most famous faces, Loretta ClaibornLaney Langee, visited Dodson Elementary in New Iberia, LA.  She was there to talk about her life, her struggles, and her successes.

A few weeks later a student at Dodson, Laney Lange, wrote a story about Loretta.  But it wasn’t just any story.  She had a dream that she was Loretta Claiborne!  She dreamed that she was at her school as Loretta and everyone was welcoming her.

This story was very inspiring and representatives from Special Olympics International even took part and read Laney’s story!

Read Laney’s story here.