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LEGACY SMILES of Southern Arizona My passion for dentistry comes from my father's military legacy... Master Chief, Donald Kildoo Dr. Dawnie Kildoo My dad, Master Chief Donald Kildoo, served in the Seabees during the Korean War. When stationed in the Philippines, he was working high up on a telephone pole, repairing the line, when a typhoon struck. The storm hit with such ferocity that it blew him off the pole where he hit the ground some 60 feet below. Some days later when he woke up in the hospital, he realized he had no teeth. He had broken every one of them, so the doctors simply took them all out. He was just 20 years old. I rew up watching my father struggle to eat. His dentures never really fit well. He wasn't able to have a healthy diet. He couldn't chew fresh broccoli or have salads. Meat was difficult for him. My mother did her best in overcooking the vegetables, tenderizing the meat and adding spices, but his nutrition definitely suffered. Statistics show that people who don't have all their teeth live ten to twenty years less. My father died at sixty. Being brought up in a military family, I understand the sacrifices our veterans make, not just during their service, but all their lives. And that sacrifice continues within their families as well. This is why I am particularly dedicated to helping care for veterans and their loved ones in our community. My father's poignant story inspired me to become a dentist. I honor his sacrifice to our country. And today, on Veterans Day, I honor all the sacri- fices made by our veterans and their families on behalf of our country. Dr. Dawnie Kildoo 520-625-0131 LEGACY SMILES AZ19 Pick 2019-21 261 W. Duval Road · Green Valley AZ 85614 LegacySmilesAZ.com of Southern Arizona LEGACY SMILES of Southern Arizona My passion for dentistry comes from my father's military legacy... Master Chief, Donald Kildoo Dr. Dawnie Kildoo My dad, Master Chief Donald Kildoo, served in the Seabees during the Korean War. When stationed in the Philippines, he was working high up on a telephone pole, repairing the line, when a typhoon struck. The storm hit with such ferocity that it blew him off the pole where he hit the ground some 60 feet below. Some days later when he woke up in the hospital, he realized he had no teeth. He had broken every one of them, so the doctors simply took them all out. He was just 20 years old. I rew up watching my father struggle to eat. His dentures never really fit well. He wasn't able to have a healthy diet. He couldn't chew fresh broccoli or have salads. Meat was difficult for him. My mother did her best in overcooking the vegetables, tenderizing the meat and adding spices, but his nutrition definitely suffered. Statistics show that people who don't have all their teeth live ten to twenty years less. My father died at sixty. Being brought up in a military family, I understand the sacrifices our veterans make, not just during their service, but all their lives. And that sacrifice continues within their families as well. This is why I am particularly dedicated to helping care for veterans and their loved ones in our community. My father's poignant story inspired me to become a dentist. I honor his sacrifice to our country. And today, on Veterans Day, I honor all the sacri- fices made by our veterans and their families on behalf of our country. Dr. Dawnie Kildoo 520-625-0131 LEGACY SMILES AZ19 Pick 2019-21 261 W. Duval Road · Green Valley AZ 85614 LegacySmilesAZ.com of Southern Arizona