Teen gets free braces after making major sacrifice for sister

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Inside the halls of Albuquerque High, senior Josh Baumgardner thought he was in trouble, being sent to speak with the school resource officer. 

“He has no idea what’s going on,” said Kari Harnick of Harnick Orthodontics.  

To his surprise, a team of people were waiting to give him some shocking news. 

“Congratulations!” they cheered as Baumgardner entered the room full of people.

Harnick Orthodontics gave him $6,750 for Invisalign treatment, to straighten his teeth. 

“Yeah, you won!” said Harnick. 

Baumgardner said he’s wanted braces since he was in middle school. 

“My teeth were just starting to look more crooked then anything, and after that, I just didn’t like smiling,” he said.

He said his older sister had braces, and he was next in line. 

“But my younger sister had an overbite to where it would be hitting the bottom of her gums,” said Baumgardner.   

So, since his parents couldn’t afford to get them both braces, he told his sister she could get them, instead of him. 

“Being a dad, for him to sacrifice something like that, and to pass up his chance,” said Mark Baumgardner.

His parents are incredibly proud of him, but they say what he did, came at a cost. 

“Now I have a son, when we take pictures, he doesn’t like to smile,” said his dad.  

So Josh applied for the Invisalign contest, never thinking he’d win. 

“I’m speechless,” said Baumgardner.  

His story beat out all the rest. 

“Your story touched our hearts, and we’re so excited to work with you,” said Harnick.  

It’s now a gift for the whole family. 

“We’ll get that smile back, that’s what we’re excited for,” said Mark Baumgardner.

Harnick Orthodontics staff said they plan to hold the contest every year. 

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