In August of 2011, something amazing happened:
Wayne Sabaj, a McHenry County resident, discovered a duffel bag full of cash in his backyard. He and his father decided they ought to contact the authorities and turn the money in.
When the authorities arrived, they discovered another duffel bag, and the eventual total of money found was $150,000!
While Mr. Sabaj could’ve used the money — at the time, he’d been unemployed for two years — he felt like turning it in was the right thing to do. Not only that, but, “With my luck, it would be bank robbery and I’d get caught and say I’d robbed a bank.”
When asked what Wayne would’ve done had he kept the money, he said he’d get his teeth fixed. Our very own Dr. Xhelo Shuaipaj saw this story and decided he wanted to help: he contacted Wayne and told him he’d fix his teeth for free.
Wayne’s teeth had been suffering from severe gum disease for years. He’d already lost some teeth, and Dr. Shuaipaj and his team determined that they would need to extract the rest of his teeth, treat his gum disease, and replace his teeth in order to complete his smile and bring him back to excellent oral health. Not only was treating Wayne’s gum disease going to make his mouth healthier, but it would help with the management of his diabetes as well.
The Elite Dental Care team believed that Wayne did a good thing by turning in the money, and they wanted to do a good thing for him in return. Today, Wayne has a whole new set of teeth and a new lease on life. And the money? If no one comes forward to claim it within the year, Wayne gets to keep it.
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