BURKE, VA–(Marketwired – October 31, 2015) – A Burke dental office joined other local companies this month to co-sponsor a 5K run to benefit a program that rescues children from human trafficking.
The run was held Oct. 17 to benefit Operation Underground Railroad, a nonprofit that works to remove children from human trafficking. Dr. Erik Fox, a dentist at Fox Family Dentistry, has provided free dental work for many human trafficking victims in the past.
Dr. Fox and his wife, Nichole, co-sponsored the event with Kilma Orthodontics and Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, along with several other local businesses and community members.
“This is a great event to bring awareness and support to such an important issue,” Dr. Fox said. “It is a good charity to support and a good opportunity to bring the community together.”
Operation Underground Railroad works with government agencies to identify and then rescue children who are victims of human trafficking. The foundation raises money for rescue missions and rehabilitation.
There are between 600,000 and 800,000 people across the globe who are sold into forced labor or sex trades every year. Of that number, an estimated 50 percent are children, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report. Operation Underground Railroad estimates that one rescue campaign costs about $50,000, but notes that just one operation can rescue between one and 50 children.
“Just one operation can literally save dozens of children from the grips of criminals and human traffickers,” Dr. Erik Fox said. “It’s important for my family and our practice to support these issues because we can save children and give them a better life.”
Fox Family Dentistry is a father-and-son dental practice that operates in a 1,500-square-foot facility with six operatories. The practice is operated by Dr. Lawrence Fox and his son, Dr. Erik Fox. The office serves patients of all ages and is a leading provider in cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, such as crowns, fillings, veneers and implant restorations.
Dr. Lawrence Fox grew up in Granada Hills, Calif., and is a graduate of Granada Hills High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in zoology from Brigham Young University and then went on to earn his dental degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry. Following dental school, Dr. Lawrence Fox spent three years as a Marine Corps officer and four years as a Navy dental officer.
Dr. Lawrence Fox holds memberships with the American Dental Association, Northern Virginia Dental Society, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Virginia Dental Association, District of Columbia Dental Society, Northern Virginia Implant Study Club, Seattle Study Club, World Clinical Laser Institute and the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Drs. Fox are very active in the community, particularly with local sports, school and church functions.