In 2011, Dr. Gary Cash began practicing in Austin, Texas. Even as a newcomer to the area, the dentist wanted “to give back to the city of Austin and the people who have been ‘so warm and welcoming’ to his practice,” he told Sarah Karlan at

That was one reason he decided to go above and beyond to help the victim of an alleged hate crime who survived an attack, but lost nine teeth in the process.

According to Karlan’s story, in October of 2012, Andrew Oppelman and Nick Soret were assaulted in an alleged hate crime during Pride.

“I figured that’s not the way someone should be treated from out of town,” said Dr. Cash.

And after reaching out to a reporter to gain contact, Dr. Cash has been providing Oppelman with up to six figures in reconstructive dental care.

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