Recently, Dr. Geoffrey Ping and Dr. Asia Dela Cruz — WSDA members and pediatric dentists in East Wenatchee — received a request they couldn’t refuse: their patient, 9-year-old McKenna Schwab, asked them to sponsor a toy drive to benefit the Wenatchee Valley Women’s Resource Center, and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle. Schwab, a patient at their pediatric practice, has a rare medical condition known as Larsen Syndrome, which affects the joints. Because of her illness she’s well-acquainted with the hospital — having endured ten surgeries including spinal fusion — but remains upbeat and indebted to her doctors at the facility, whom she calls “amazing.”
According to a recent piece in the Wenatchee World by staff writer Dee Riggs, the Toy Room at the hospital is one of McKenna’s favorite places in the facility, and she wanted to make sure their were enough toys for all the children. She hoped to provide toys for the Women’s Resource Center too, after finding out that many local homeless kids were being helped there. Staff at Drs. Ping and Dela Cruz’s practice praised the young girl and her efforts on behalf of those less fortunate, calling her “a very special little girl.”
Because of McKenna’s hard work and determination, she was able to collect two truckloads of new and gently used toys (about 500) for the Wenatchee Valley Women’s Resource Center, and an additional 500 new toys for Children’s Hospital. WSDA is proud of our member dentists for participating in this special event, and commends McKenna Schwab for her selfless efforts on behalf of other children! Read the full account here.