After being postponed due to weather, we were finally able to give Abby her Smile day. Abby is 6 years old now, but was diagnosed at age 2 with late stage 2 Wilms Tumor. She has been through numerous surgeries and treatments, and trips back and forth to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. This wonderful family is stationed at the base at Cherry Point, NC and Mom Katheryn has served and Dad Greg continues to serve our country as a Marine.
They have had to make many sacrifices for Abby to get the treatment she needed, much of this while Dad Greg was stationed in Afghanistan. This family has stayed strong through their faith and it was a privilege to bring them to Wake Forest for a very special Smile day.
We have to send a very special thank you to Happy Trails Farm in Wake Forest, NC for making this day incredibly special for a little girl who just wanted to ride a horse. The whole Happy Trails "family/staff" came together, invited us into their home, cooked a fabulous lunch and shared their beautiful farm for this day. We can't thank them enough for their love and help on this Smile.
Taylor is a sixteen-year-old young lady from Holly Springs. Taylor was perfectly healthy until July of 2018 when she was diagnosed with Advanced Disseminated Lyme Borreliosis complex with Neuroborreliosis; Babesia, Ehrlichia Chaffeensis. She was hospitalized and in the Wake Med PICU in critical condition, complicated with acute respiratory failure and sepsis. At the time, nobody could figure out why this was happening to Taylor until specialists from Duke Infectious Disease and The Jemsek Clinic determined it was the above tick-borne illnesses. She will undergo aggressive treatment for the next two years in hopes of reversing the damage to her.
Tabor is a nineteen-year-old young man from Durham. He has battled cystic fibrosis his entire life. Tabor has a great spirit - he is a smart, kind, and driven individual who seeks a solution first and asks for help second. Tabor attends Durham Tech Community College and getting to a from school is hard without a car. Tabor’s request was to receive some help in purchasing a car which we were more than happy to do.