A selfless teenager got the surprise of a lifetime when he got called to the school resource office at Albuquerque High School. Senior Josh Baumgardner thought he was in trouble, but as he entered the office he was welcomed with a check for $6,750 toward getting his teeth fixed, KRQE reports.
Despite not liking his “crooked” smile, Josh gave up his turn to get braces, as he was next in line in his family, so his younger sister could get her bad overbite fixed. His parents could not afford for both of their children to get their smile aligned at the same time.
“My younger sister had an overbite to where it would be hitting the bottom of her gums,” the teenager from said, explaining why he gave up his turn to have his smile fixed.
Josh entered an Invisalign contest at his local orthodontist’s office, never thinking he’d win. But as soon as the employees of Harnick Orthodontics read his entry, they knew he was the clear winner of the treatment.
“Your story touched our hearts, and we’re so excited to work with you,” Orthodontist Kari Harnick said to Josh. “Congratulations! you won!”
His parents are incredibly proud of him for putting his sister’s well-being before his own.
“Being a dad, for him to sacrifice something like that and to pass up his chance,” said Mark Baumgardner, Josh’s dad. “Now I have a son, when we take pictures, he doesn’t like to smile.”
“I’m speechless,” said Josh.
The entire Baumgardner family is excited about Josh’s soon-to-be perfect smile, “We’ll get that smile back, that’s what we’re excited for,” said Mark Baumgardner.
Harnick Orthodontics posted the video on their Facebook page:
We reached out to Josh, and Harnick Orthodontics will update this story once we hear back.
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