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Rockford woman wins $40,000 smile replacement procedure

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Rockford dental office announced it was giving away a procedure worth more than $40,000 in November, and on Monday the winner received the big news.

Burch Dental in Rockford announced in November that it would be giving away one Done in One procedure valued at more than $40,000. On Monday, the winner was greeted at the door of Burch Dental with 15 members of her family and the big news.

"I'm so excited to be able to think that I'll be able to actually talk and be myself again," says Geri Cook, winner of the Done in One giveaway.

Learning the news of her big win, it was the first reason Geri had to smile in a long time.

"She has a very disarming smile," says Gerald Cook, Geri's husband, "that I haven't seen in years."

Health issues compromised Geri's beloved smile, but now, Burch Dental promises to fix it.

"Geri is the sweetest person she has a heart of gold," says Brittany Metz, Geri's daughter-in-law and nominator.

"Geri is a wonderful woman, she's got the biggest heart," says Dorothy Bush, Geri's friend of 44 years.

Her friends and family describe her as a selfless, kind and loving woman who deserves nothing but the best.

"She's just wonderful, wonderful woman," says Bush. "She deserves the best in life and i think this will help her have the best back again."

"I get to have a new chance," says Geri, "like a second chance. I was always a talker, friendly, happy person. And as this started declining, I lost that spirit."

Geri is one winner in 900 applicants and she will soon have a new smile that is one in a million.

She will receive her new smile in March.

Alexxis Kerry

Alexxis Kerry is a multimedia journalist at 13 WREX. She joined the team in 2019 as a Quintern.

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