On Thanksgiving morning, more than 1,000 participants gathered near Corey Beach in Blue Point to race in the Third Annual Smiles Change Lives Turkey Trot. The race, which consisted of a 5K run and 1.5 mile walk through Blue Point, is a fundraiser for the non-profit program, Smiles Change Lives.
In 2008, Bayport resident Dr. Frank Egan brought the northeast's first Smiles Change Lives (SCL) program to Long Island. SCL is a national nonprofit program dedicated to providing orthodontic care to economically disadvantaged children. More than 1,000 participants from 19 states raised more than $20,000 to benefit Long Island kids last year. This year, Dr. Egan accepted an invitation to join the national board of Smiles Change Lives.
"The community has embraced this tradition and we are glad to be a part of it," said race director Christine Egan.
"Last year enough money was raised to help over 70 low-income Long Island kids receive the orthodontic treatment they desperately need," said Dr. Egan. Long Island's Smiles Change Lives program is one of nearly 20 across the country.
The 2010 overall winner was Brian David from New Milford, New Jersey with a time of 15:48. The top female winner was Heidi Nathan from Medford, New York with a time of 19:23.
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