Cary Gilbert is a long-time friend of mine. His son, Dylan, has been through a lot.
There is no need for me to add anything to the heart-felt letter below by a father about his son.
There is a gofundme.com link provided at the end of the letter if you wish to donate.
My personal dentist, Dr. James B. Hair in Corona Del Mar, has agreed to discount his services and to coordinate with other medical professionals to provide Dylan with a new look and smile.
A donation of any amount would be sincerely appreciated.
My name is Cary Gilbert and I am the single dad of Dylan.
Dylan is an emotionally troubled teen that was subjected to unspeakable abuses at the hand of his mother while in her custody. (Records can be provided, if necessary.)
With the support of multiple therapists, hospitalizations, family, friends, and by the Grace of God – Dylan has survived.
Dylan was born with short stature syndrome and was treated with HGH for 10 years. This helped with his height, as he’s 5’7″ at 19 1/2 years of age. But, he has severe dental problems as a result of medications and his custodial parent leaving his braces on for 2+ years longer than needed.
When Dylan was younger he had a very irrational fear of dentists and wouldn’t allow anyone to do work unless he was anesthetized. Hence the delay in proper dental care. Fortunately, Dylan has outgrown that.
It’s heartbreaking for me to witness the embarrassment and humiliation my beautiful boy goes through daily as a result of his rotting teeth. As seen with his beautiful new niece in the photo, he won’t even smile for the love of his life.
I have, on occasion, found Dylan in a fetal position crying and saying he just can’t go on because he hates his life because of his mouth!
You can donate money for Dylan’s procedure here.
Dylan feels betrayed and abandoned by his mother as well as the universe! It pains me so much to see his suffering. He can’t find employment in a public contact field, sales, fast food, etc. due to his appearance. He won’t smile, or talk without covering his mouth. Dating and social events are out… A rough enough road for a normal teen.
What I’m trying to do is raise donations directly to a trust account or find a dental provider that will do pro-bono work or even accept a payment plan from a self-employed dad. I am the sole proprietor of a “one call does it all” handyman service. I am willing to barter services.
Dylan doesn’t need charity – we just need some help.
Dylan had a dental evaluation recently and we were told he needs root canals, implants, and extractions for a cost of about $6000!
He just broke down.
I feel like a failure. I don’t have the means to “fix it”. I suffered a severe head trauma years ago and have never regained cognitive skills sufficiently to successfully return to the corporate world. We live hand to mouth… it’s simple but peaceful.
Any and all help would give my son, who has suffered too much in his short life, something to smile about. Some kind soul out there must know, or is, a dentist or benefactor that can help my poor son have a little sunshine in his life.
We would be forever grateful.
Cary and Dylan