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Edna Hardy and Katrina Hale: 'The First Time I've had Dental Care in 27 Years'

Edna Hardy and Katrina Hale: 'The First Time I've had Dental Care in 27 Years'

Edna Hardy and Katrina Hale are sisters who live in Miami, Oklahoma. Last month, they traveled over the Oklahoma-Missouri border to get free dental care at the sixth annual MOMOM, or Missouri Mission of Mercy.

MOMOM is a once a year, two-day dental clinic providing free care for anyone who’s willing to wait in line. It’s in a different place every year, and this year the event was held in Joplin, Missouri.

Edna and Katrina spoke about some of the struggles they have faced getting adequate care throughout the years.

Jack Gouverneur Reflects on a Lifetime of Dental Care

Jack Gouverneur Reflects on a Lifetime of Dental Care

Jack Gouverneur is an 86-year-old Korean War veteran who lives in Carthage, Missouri. Last month, over the course of a weekend, he waited in line for hours to get free dental care at the sixth annual MOMOM or Missouri Mission of Mercy.

MOMOM is a once a year, two-day dental clinic providing free care for anyone who’s willing to wait in line. It’s in a different place every year, and this year the event was held in Joplin, Missouri.

Jack does have dental insurance, but said MOMOM happened at the "right time," and allowed him to get three teeth extracted without having to pay his insurance co-pays. He reflected on the dental care he has received throughout his 86 years.

Brenda Nichols: 'You Wonder How You're Gonna Get Stuff Taken Care Of'

Brenda Nichols: 'You Wonder How You're Gonna Get Stuff Taken Care Of'

Brenda Nichols lost her father in the 2011 tornado that decimated Joplin, Missouri, but she says this is far from the only hardship she has faced in her 68 years. She is a 20 year survivor of breast cancer and has struggled to get oral health care in the past few years.

We met as she waited in line to receive care at the sixth annual MOMOM, which is a once a year, two-day dental clinic providing free care for anyone who’s willing to wait in line. It’s in a different place every year, and this year the event was held in Joplin.

Brenda, who lives in Carl Junction, Missouri, seems to always be smiling and remains optimistic, but says she “never dreamed” she and her husband would struggle this much as they got older, and she spoke about some of the difficulties she and her husband face getting care.

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