Oral Cancer Cause
Oral Cancer Cause (OCC), a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded in 2013 by Linda Miles and Robin Morrison in memory of Charlotte Estep, Linda Miles’ sister-in-law, and Mike Collins, Robin Morrison’s brother. Charlotte and Mike passed away in 2012 after suffering for several years from oral cancer. Both went undiagnosed for an extended amount of time, thereby allowing their disease to progress to an advanced and untreatable stage. Linda and Robin have a combined 80+ years’ experience in dentistry. Their shared passion for dentistry and saving lives is the OCC inspiration. By blending the knowledge of early detection and treatment; comprehensive oral exams along with dedicated dental/medical professionals; sponsoring partners; and dental/medical associations, OCC will make a difference in the lives of many oral cancer patients and their families.
OCC’s purpose is to improve the quality of life for oral cancer patients through financial support so that they may face the world with peace and dignity during and after medical treatment.
We envision the day of early oral cancer detection for all and a time when oral cancer patients can focus on recovery without the burden of monthly financial woes during treatment.
Funds raised by OCC will be allocated:
- To provide financial help to patients and their families who face the challenges of oral cancer. Many times, the oral cancer patient undergoes extensive treatment and surgery rendering them unable to work, thereby creating a financial strain.
- To create public awareness about the incidence of oral cancer and the necessity of oral cancer exams for early diagnosis and successful treatment.
Linda Miles, CSP, Co-Founder
Linda Miles loves to find a needed niche in business and life then fill it. At age 35, in 1978, she founded a successful INC 500 dental consulting business: Linda Miles and Associates (Now Miles Global). After 29 years she sold it to a dentist client.
Simultaneously in 1997 Linda founded the Speaking Consulting Network to advise others how to build their own successful dental speaking, consulting and writing businesses. In 2010 after 14 years, she semi-retired and sold that business which had grown from 11 mentees to more than 150 attendees at the annual conferences. She serves on the SCN advisory board and continues to participate in the annual session and personal coaching of new members.
Never wanting to be idle, in 2012 Linda wanted to create something that left a legacy far beyond her lifespan or working years. She teamed up with a dental colleague and friend, Robin Morrison, a healthcare marketing company guru. In memory of Robin’s brother Mike Collins and Charlotte Estep, Linda’s sister in law, both of whom lost their battles with oral cancer in 2012, Linda and Robin founded OCC (Oral Cancer Cause), an oral cancer nonprofit foundation. With their combined 80 years in dentistry, Linda and Robin know that OCC will become another legendary adventure….one that saves many lives through early diagnoses and brings positive attention to OCC dentists and their practices.
Robin Morrison, Co-Founder
Robin Morrison’s passion for dentistry and health care, combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, lead her to become the founder of two successful companies. She is the president of RLM Healthcare Marketing & Consulting, Inc., founded in 1997, and Dental Consultant Connection, founded in 2011.
Robin began her career in dentistry in 1981, working in an exceptional dental practice as an office administrator and marketing director. In 1997, she began to live her dream and launched her first business, RLM Healthcare Marketing & Consulting. As many entrepreneurs do, Robin recognized more business opportunities and needs, and couldn’t resist launching her second business, Dental Consultant Connection (DCC). DCC connects dental consultants and dentists to ensure the practice selects the right consultant to fit their needs. DCC has formed a “dream team” of 35 brilliant dental consultants who specialize in niche areas of dentistry.
In 2012, Robin teamed up with Linda Miles to form Oral Cancer Cause, Inc. (OCC), a Florida not for profit corporation. As founders of OCC and partners in additional dental projects, Robin and Linda have worked tirelessly to form an organization that will financially assist oral cancer patients and their families, while creating awareness about oral cancer. OCC was founded in memory of Robin’s brother, Mike Collins and Linda’s sister-in-law, Charlotte Estep, both who lost their battles with oral cancer.