Help Bring Marvin's Smile Back

$20,877 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 340 people in 1 month
Created January 30, 2018
The morning of December 5th, Marvin Smith stood up for a woman who was being assaulted on the Chicago CTA and was badly injured as a result. The assailant was a 16-year-old whom she did not know and tried to run away when passengers were restraining him. Marvin attempted to stop the kid as he was running and was pushed face first into a concrete wall at the CTA stop.

The force of the impact caused him to suffer from a brain bleed, facial fractures and extreme trauma to his top and bottom teeth. There are 6 teeth that are completely fractured in half and 2 teeth that will need to be pulled.

He was in the ICU for 2 days, remains on a soft diet, and is forced to wear a wire on his top teeth to keep them in place. Dental insurance only covers up to $1500 for the year, and the office will not continue treatment without payment in full up front.

For Marvin to regain his smile that we all know and love, the following will need to be done:
6 root canals
2 extractions             
2 possible implants
Crowns, Bridges
Additional Scans, physician charges, and office follow-ups.
We’ve estimated cost as closely as we could but it could vary.

We’ve applied for the Crime Victims program (pending approval) but even if approved upfront out of pocket payment is required and reimbursement is not guaranteed.

It took a lot to ask for the help. Marvin is a kind person who truly makes an impression on everyone. From the bottom of our hearts, we truly appreciate any help or contributions that are offered.

Thanks to everyone's support, CBS 2 Chicago reached out and shared Marvin's story, the link to the interview is below:


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Marvin transferred care to an oustanding location in River North within the last few weeks. He was able to secure his entire treatment for the $20k.

They have been amazing in providing him a clear plan and timeframe for the upcoming months. Their work is tremendous and he truly feels he could not be in better hands in Chicago.

The treament plan will follow:
Fitting for flippers - to wear after his teeth are extracted.
Two teeth extractions - these will take around 4 months to heal.
His remaining 4 root canals can occur during this time frame.
After the 4 months they will be able to put in the 2 implants, these will take around another 4 months to heal.
Once the healing has concluded for the implants, he will be able to have molding completed and temporarys provided for his 6 crowns to see the overall fit for his new smile, it wil take a few weeks to get these back.
He then will be able to have his crowns and they will whiten his teeth.

It will be a long year ahead, but the words, generosity, and thoughts of the hundreds of people who have reached out and contributed have made this possible. This experience has forever impacted our lives and we are humbled beyond words. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Humbling is the best way to describe the last 7 days. We cannot believe that we are almost hitting our goal. It goes to show that the hundreds of people who have shared his story have been impacted by him in some way.

Marvin will be having a consult with a new provider this coming Saturday to put together a new treatment plan. Thank you for making this possible. We hope to have a clearer indication of timeline and how much closer he is to the end of his recovery.
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There are no words for the love, support, kind words and generosity of everyone that has reached out. We are so grateful.

Marvin was able to schedule an appointment next week to continue his treatment due to the contributions. One of many to come, but a step closer
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Raised by 340 people in 1 month
Created January 30, 2018
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