Dr. John Cross, a dentist in Newport Beach, recently played in the 9th Annual Tux & Tennies Tournament hosted by the Queen of Hearts Foundation for ovarian cancer. The event took place at the Newport Beach Tennis Club and all proceeds went to support research to help battle ovarian cancer, a condition affecting over 20,000 women in the U.S each year according to the Center for Disease Control. Dr. Cross, usually focusing on cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers and teeth whitening at his practice in Orange County, says he was happy to donate his time and money to the tournament as an event competitor.
The Queen of Hearts Foundation, an organization exclusively dedicated to raising funds for ovarian cancer, recently hosted its 9th Annual Tux & Tennies Tournament at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. As a cosmetic dentist in Orange County, Dr. John Cross participated in the event by donating his time and money to support the battle against ovarian cancer, one of the deadliest cancers affecting women. Dr. Cross usually promotes goodwill and the health of his patients by performing routine dental cleanings and oral cancer screenings at his practice in Newport Beach. However, he says he was proud to turn in his dental tools for a tennis racquet to help raise money for research and development and fight the deadly disease.
Founded in 2000 by the children of Ann S. Dobbie, who passed away from ovarian cancer, the Queen of Hearts Foundation is the only organization in Southern California dedicated specifically to raising funds for ovarian cancer research projects. Currently, the Queen of Hearts Foundation is partnered with the University of California, Irvine Ovarian Cancer Center for Excellence to implement a clinic providing cancer screenings, education, and awareness for the prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer. It has also supported research efforts at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, among other research projects. The tennis event supported ovarian cancer research by donating all proceeds to the CHAO Cancer Center at the University of California in Irvine.
Dr. Cross, an avid tennis player, says he is honored to have played his part in such a worthy effort for the promotion of cancer awareness and research. While he normally provides services in dental cosmetics and oral cancer screenings, Dr. Cross also adds that he was thankful to have the opportunity to give his talents and charity towards another cause that will further support good health amongst his patients and his community. “I am honored to get a chance to play tennis with pros like Rick Leach and Vince Spadea, and I thank them for participating in this charity event. This event is one of my favorite weekends of the year, and I hope to play and support Queen of Hearts Foundation again next year. Samantha Mills, as well as all the sponsors, players, and volunteers should feel great about helping to fight ovarian cancer.”
About John Cross, DDS
Dr. John Cross graduated from the University of California, San Diego and received his D.D.S. degree from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. He also completed a two-year residency at the University of Southern California. Dr. Cross is a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the American Academy of General Dentistry, the United States Dental Tennis Association, and several other professional organizations. He is accredited in sedation dentistry, Invisalign®, and Zoom!® teeth whitening.
Located at 20271 Acacia Street, Suite 100 in Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Cross’ practice, OC Lifesmiles Progressive Dentistry, can be contacted at (949) 242-0680. It can also be reached online via the website oclifesmiles.com or facebook.com/OCLifesmiles.