About the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation / Kansas Mission of Mercy
The Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) was created in 2003 through the leadership and commitment of the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation (KDCF) and the Kansas Dental Association to provide care to Kansans in need.
KMOM is a two-day free dental clinic hosted once a year in different areas of the state. To date, KMOM has provided more than $17 million in dental care to 29,000 patients, thanks to the generous contributions of Kansas dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and general volunteers.
About the Bruce Bergstrom Award
The cooperation and participation of the dentists and dental community are key to the success of KMOM; however, KMOM also relies on many non-dentist general volunteers, who generously give their time and commitment to fulfill its dental mission.
These general volunteers are interwoven into the very fabric of what makes the loving spirit of KMOM so overwhelming.
Each year, KDCF honors one outstanding KMOM general volunteer with the Bruce Bergstrom Award for outstanding service. The 2018 award recipient is Farrol Brown.
About Farrol Brown
Farrol is a carpentry and remodeling specialist and the owner of Farrol Brown Carpentry in Pretty Prairie, KS. He began volunteering for KMOM in 2004 when he attended KMOM Pittsburg. Since then, he has traveled to KMOM projects in cities across Kansas, only missing three. He started with a group from the United Methodist Church in Hutchinson that manned the Hutchinson Disaster Relief Trailer. They prepared and served hot food and coffee to patients who were waiting overnight for treatment.
When the disaster trailer was no longer able to travel to KMOM projects, Farrol did not let that deter his passion for KMOM. The day before set-up, Farrol could be found at the KMOM site marking the floor so dental chairs, units, and tables could be placed appropriately.
Then, on set-up day, he has always helped with whatever was necessary – driving the forklift, assisting with clinic plumbing and electrical, unpacking and delivering supplies to the right area, and making sure everyone has what they need to do their job.
When troubleshooting clinic issues, trying to find something, or needing a volunteer to escort a patient, “Ask Farrol” or “Farrol will know” has become a standard response. He has even gotten his wife, Marcia, involved with KMOM and she has accompanied him to five projects, so far.
His carpentry expertise has also been an enormous asset. Between KMOM projects, he has built hand sanitizer stations, table stabilizers, and even walls for the x-ray area in his shop. There is no job too big or too small when it comes to KMOM and he jumps at the opportunity to help.
The “man with the red hat” has become instrumental to the success of each event.