PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) - A local orthodontist has launched a new program called 'Smile it Forward.' The initiative will provide students, who do good in their community, with free braces.
On Thursday the first recipient learned she was chosen.
"I am a senior in high school," said Myshayla Tyson.
Tyson learned she was the first recipient when Dr. Behl surprised her at IC Norcom High School.
“I wanted braces because I wanted my teeth to be straight," Myshayla explained.
She's a little shy, but about a month ago, she put words on paper explaining why she would be the best candidate for a new program with a local orthodontist called “Smile it Forward.”
"It would be the best graduation present ever," Myshayla said. "My mom can't afford it, because she is battling aggressive stage 4 breast cancer."
Behl Orthodontics is offering free braces to school kids once a month who really need them. To qualify they have to have a unique story or be involved in community service.
"She deserves this, she helps me around the house, and she helps me with the baby. When I’m weak, she's my strength," explained Myshayla’s mom.
Doctor Behl felt she deserved to be the first recipient. On Thursday afternoon, he showed up at her school to surprise her.
“I was shocked, I was nervous. I didn't know what to say," Tyson explained.
Doctor Behl said that's what this program is all about. It’s about helping those in need. He will continue giving free braces to deserving kids once a month.
"She’s happy, and that makes my day," Behl said.
Dr. Behl said in the next couple of weeks, MyShayla will come in for her first visit. As long as she doesn't have cavities, she'll get her braces in about a month.