Brian Maixner recently served attorney Fred Boettcher a meal at Doo-Dah Diner in Wichita, KS. Boettcher was struck by the cheerful demeanor of Maixner, but also by Maixner”s dental problems. Maixner”s smile was genuine, but Boettcher recognized the signs of a painful infection, as he”d suffered from a similar condition as a child.
“He carried himself with such kindness and confidence with a mouth that looked painful. I was struck by that,” Boettcher said. Maixner”s predicament struck him so much that he decided to personally do something about it.
Brian Maixner (seated) behind the scenes at the Doo-Dah Diner in Wichita.
Instead of leaving a conventional tip, Boettcher instead asked the owner of the diner if it would be acceptable for him to fund Maixner”s dental work. When Maixner heard the news, he shed tears of joy.
“This man doesn”t know me and this is something I could never afford to do for myself. It touched me so much that he cared,” Maixner said.
Boettcher referred Maixner to his own dentist in Ponca City, OK, who has, to date, performed thousands of dollars worth of work on Maixner”s teeth.
The before and after pictures of Maixner, showing what difference a smile can make.
Fred Boettcher, on the left.
Boettcher is one of the first people to make lawyer jokes, but he lives by a principle of kindness and generosity. “No matter what religion you might be or whether you even believe in an afterlife, the way to be satisfied in your life is to be kind to everybody and be as generous as you possibly can be,” he maintains. His daughter, Meredith Boettcher Young, was there at the diner the day he decided to help Maixner. According to her, acts of kindness like this are not out of character for her dad.
“I remember him buying groceries for people in need when we were growing up,” she recalls.
Maixner has made several trips to Boettcher”s dentist in Ponca City so far, but he still has a number of procedures to go.
Today, Maixner”s smile has been repaired. He”s undergone several procedures that replaced his damaged teeth with temporary dentures. After a six- to eight-month healing period, those dentures will be replaced with permanent ones. And Maixner, who was cheerful even before, continues to smile brightly.
Maixner”s repaired teeth make a huge difference in his comfort, and also make him appear much younger.
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As for Boettcher, he maintains that he”s also gained happiness by giving this gift to Maixner, who calls it a “life changer.” For him, helping other people is true happiness, and he encourages all people to help others to the best of their ability.