(T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Kacie received a free set of braces from Dr. Tracy Pack after being nominated for his "20 for 20 Reason to Smile" program, a gift worth more than $5,000. Last week, Kacie, once called "pumpkin head" by kids making fun of her for her crooked teeth, showed off her new pearly whites.
"He's our hero," said an emotional Anna Collier. "When Kacie gets married one day Dr. Pack will be in the front row of her wedding because he is part of our family. We never would have afforded braces without him and we just can't thank him enough."
Pack came up with the idea to give 20 sets of braces away as a way to celebrate his 20 years in business and pay back the favors of the customers who've supported him over the years. Pack asked the dentists who send him referrals to choose one worthy recipient.
Dr. David Barnes and Dr. Pam Chamberland of Shelbyville nominated Kacie. The only requirement of Pack was for each child to write an essay explaining his or her desire for braces.
Kacie also had to have eight teeth pulled to make room for all the shifting that was about to take place in her mouth. "I appreciate this so much," said Kacie, 15. "It's a real miracle."
"I want to eat popcorn, and Spearmint gum, and corn on the cob," said Kacie, who hopes to be a singer when she grows up.
The confident young lady has also slimmed down quite a bit, and now wears glasses.
"You can hardly recognize her," said Anna. "She's really come out of her shell, and we just want to thank Dr. Pack for doing something he didn't have to do. And if Dr. Pack can give back to others, maybe we all can."