Marathon Man Helping Neighbors in Need
Dr. Nicholas Amigoni, DDS, MS, who has a dental practice in Uptown, donates his time and expertise to treat one or two Lakeview Pantry clients a month.
He also runs marathons — many, many marathons.
On June 1, Dr. Amigoni ran the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon in South Dakota, state number 36 in his quest to run a marathon in every state.
“I hope to have 49 states done by June 2015,” Dr. Amigoni says. He plans to make Hawaii number 50 in December 2015.
Dr. Amigoni started running only five years ago, when he was 52 years old. He hardly trained at all for his first marathon, in Chicago, but his finishing time was good enough to qualify him for the Boston Marathon, something many marathoners take years to achieve.
Dr. Amigoni has run 46 marathons in all, including at least one on each of the six continents. He also travels worldwide to teach classes on his specialty, periodontics, which focuses on the tissues (mainly bones and gums) that support the teeth.
But when he’s not running marathons or teaching in places like Russia or India, Dr. Amigoni sees an occasional client referred to him by Jennie Hull, the Pantry’s Manager of Client Services. He donates his services, and the Pantry pays the costs for materials — an implant, say, or a partial bridge.
“Dr. Amigoni provides a really valuable service,” Hull says. “A client with a missing tooth is going to have a hard time in a job interview, and many clients have dental pain. In either case, their nutrition and overall health may suffer because they find it hard to eat.”
In other words, Nicholas Amigoni is making a unique contribution to Lakeview Pantry as it works toward eliminating hunger and poverty in its communities.