Annual run raises money for free dental care program

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) Dozens of people laced up their running shoes Tuesday night at Carson Park to help raise money for a good cause.

It is the annual 5k Run/Walk for the Mission of Mercy Dental Program.

The program is put on by Wisconsin Dental Association.

Mission for Mercy is a statewide program that is put on for two days every year.

During those two days, they give out free dental care to people who normally wouldn't be able to afford it.

Lani Becker, with Wisconsin Dental Association says each year they help about 2,000 people and give about $1.3 million in free care.

"Patients that are seen there will get cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canals, we do some partial dentures for people. We change their lives. We get other money through grants and donations from individuals but nothing to this extent," explains Becker.

This is the second year the group has put on the run.

Last year $3,400 was raised.

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