FOB on Leading Edge

The founder and first dean of the dental school attended by the leading practitioners that run our annual primary school dental clinic, Northwestern University, was Dr. G.V. Black. He wrote extensively about the use of silver nitrate back in the early 20th Century.  The use of silver nitrate fell out of favor in the mid 1950’s because it turned caries from brown to black. That it was a simple and effective treatment for juvenile caries was put aside in favor of drilling and filling in a formal dentist office.

Rediscovered about 10 years ago, FOBs use of the compound during the past six years has added to the database and finally the kissing cousin, silver diamine fluoride, has now received FDA approval.

Kinder Fluoride Clinic Thanks

Hola everyone,

Thank you for such a great clinic. And a special thanks to Megan and Tyler who worked,  even though they are on vacation!  It always seems that a great crew shows up for every clinic and we all work so well together!

The kids are pretty special and I hope you all had as much fun as I did. If anyone got any good action shots, please send them to me.

Once again, thank you for your help with the kids. I think we are making some progress! We saw 59 kids today…14 were absent. Of the 59, 22 had caries…so 37% decay rate! Better than it was initially….but we will do better.

An AgN clinic and the Well Baby Clinic will be scheduled soon.


New Clinic Plans Advance

The goal to see a permanent medical/dental clinic built in the tiny town of Barron had taken a giant step forward. Tonight, representatives of Friends of Barron will sit in on a community meeting debating the scope of the project. Municipal authorities have shown interest and are involved. Fund raising efforts continue, and with just a little more help, our goal can be realized.

2017-18 Fundraising Effort Kicks Off

Friends of Barron is proud to inform you that we have ascended to a second level of fund-raising. Gone are the taco parties and door-to-door-canvassing with our hands out. No we have embraced technology and have registered as a tax exempt charity (501(C)(3). Your donations are now fully tax deducible against US source income.  This new status also affords FOB the necessary credibility to solicit donations on the internet.  Donate now by going to this link.

Permanent Medical/Dental Clinic for Barron

The 2017-18 Fund Raising Priority – After four years of pilot medical and dental clinics in Barron, the community has now solicited our help to build a permanent Medical/Dental clinic.  Barron has donated the land and raised funds and they are asking for a match and any other support we can provide.  With these commitments in hand, the Barron leaders plan to solicit the Mazatlan government to help build, equip and staff the clinic.  The goal is to raise $50,000 USD and break ground in the first quarter of 2018. Be sure to read Dr Bonnie’s recent post below for a more complete description.

Please see the right side panel to find instructions to make your donation. 

A Message from Dr Bonnie

Dear Friends and Family,
I hope this email finds you and your family well. Many of you are familiar with my charity effort with Friends of Barron, for those of you who are not, the below link has a detailed explanation. We have many exciting new developments for this year; we are focused primarily on fund raising as we are building a permanent medical facility in this small rural Mexican town of Barron.

Please check out the link below for more detailed information, pictures, and of course a quick easy way to contribute. We are now a 501(c)(3) charity and all your generous donations are tax deductible. It would also be extremely helpful if you share this link on your Facebook Page, Twitter, or email…help get the word out!

All of your past support and interest has really meant a lot to me, I sincerely thank you. I ask for your continued support as we embark on the next stage of our effort. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

All the best


CLICK on the link below:

2017-2018 Scholarship Program Update

Friends of Barron is pleased to present to 2017-2018 Scholarship Candidates. We received a total of eight new applications for University Scholarships and each was outstanding. These kids have already been accepted into their Universities and are attending Fall classes. The cost to support one kid per year in University is $700 USD. We already have commitments from five sponsors to fund the continuing education of their high school students, but we need three more. You might notice that Friends of Barron is no longer offering new high school scholarships. This is because the new school that we helped build, with the support of the EDM Charity Golf Tournament, the Sinaloa Government and others, is now educating 40 Barron high school students.

Total scholarships:  30 (12 prep, 18 university)
New scholarships:   8 (0 prep, 8 university, these are included in the total)
Total cost per year:  $18,000 USD
Total cash collected or committed so far:  $14,650
New sponsors needed:  3 University scholarships

Here are the University Students who Need Scholarships:

  • Jose SanchezJose Carlos –   Age 20   – You might have seen him working at La Tienda de Chula’s Store in Barron. He’s the one with the big smile and with pretty good English. He was a FOB scholarship student during Prep School, but decided to postpone his University entrance for a year so he could work.  He spent a year working in the fields around Barron and quickly decided that he needed a higher education if he was going to be able to get a good job. In 2017, he entered the University of Sinaloa as a student pursuing a degree in Public Accounting. He works 35 hours a week during school and 80 hours a week during vacation to help pay for his education. He is a sports enthusiast and for this community project (it is a requirement for Scholarship students to propose and implement a community project) he sees sporting events as a way to involve Barron’s youth and help keep them away from the usual problems of alcohol and drugs. He is an “A” student.


  • Ana IrisAna Iris –   Age 18  – Ana is enrolled in the Instituto Technologico de Mazatlan studying to become a Biochemical Engineer. With this degree, she hopes to work in Nutrition for big food producing companies like Pinsa or Bimbo. In her spare time, she likes to participate in traditional folkloric dances. For her community project, she wants to help obese people understand their nutritional issues and the need for exercise. She sees the need in Barron for a local gymnasium. Her ultimate goal is to study abroad and learn English. During school, she plans to work 24 hours a week and 48 hours per week during vacations with the goal of contributing $4000 pesos a month towards her own education.


  • Jose ZambranoJose Francisco –  Age 19  – Jose is enrolled in the Polytechnic University of Sinaloa studying to become an Engineer of Animation and Visual Effects. During the week, he works 24 hours a week in a hotel and in a cyber cafe and contributes half of his monthly earnings to his college education. In Barron, he volunteers helping younger kids participate in the arts and in sports. He hopes to set up sports tournaments and works at finding uniforms and equipment for kids to use while participating in these tournaments.

If you would like to sponsor one of these worthy students, please contact Dick McGuire ( or Dale Lyster (

Thank you!

Breaking News! Amazon Smile Now Enabled

Now that Friends of Barron is a 501(c)(3), we are eligible for many perks, one of which is the Amazon Smile Charitable Contribution Program. All 501s are eligible to receive a .5% premium for everything purchased on Amazon by folks who choose FOB as their charitable organization. For example, the next time you order those new gadgets, you can put the FOB CANAM INC link before you start shopping and .5% of your total purchase price will be paid by Amazon to FOB!  Isn’t that great??

We have just received word that we have seven University students seeking scholarships plus we are moving ahead on finishing the High School and building a medical clinic.  FOB needs your support now more than ever.

So the next time you buy something on Amazon, click this link to add FOB CANAM INC as the recipient of the Amazon Smiles.  In order for FOB to receive the funds, every time you shop on Amazon, you must begin with this link. You are doing a great thing and we thank you for it!!



My Big Dream Contest Needs Your Vote

Unfortunately, I’m not doing well with that “Dream Contest” I entered in Canada to win $5000 for FOB to finish the secondary school computer lab. I’m hundred’s of votes behind the leader but only thirty behind third place. To get to the final, you have to be in the top 3. There is absolutely no commitment involved here. All you need to do is follow the link below and vote for me ( you’ll see my photo with scholarship graduate Aldo).  After you vote, please forward this to everyone you know. 

 Here’s the link to the contest:


The Smiles in Barron Just Got Bigger!

Last week saw the completion of the sixth annual Barron Dental Clinic, sponsored by Friends of Barron.  The usual suspects showed up (the dentists, I mean) and they all worked their buns (and knees) off for four solid days. We treated a whopping 93% of the school aged children and their 4,845 teeth with the following results. The percentages indicate the number of kids that are cavity-free. The colors indicate the year of treatment, blue being this year.

Barron Smile Chart

The percentage increase in cavity-free smiles is huge. This tells me a few things:

  1. The kids aren’t afraid of the dentist.
  2. They actually have learned how to care for their teeth in less than optimum circumstances.
  3. That our dentists are the best.

Please join me in thanking this remarkable group of humanitarians.  Thanks must also go out to those EDM folks who allowed the group to use their condos that week. You are all so very special!!