Charlotte was born with a disability and not long after that, her parents found out she had a brain tumor.
Charlotte and her family were at a point where they really needed something positive to take them away from the hospital and treatments so they could just have fun...and that's just what they were able to do.
With the help of Meg's Smile Foundation, Charlotte and her family went on a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia and Busch Gardens and we were also able to buy her a tablet that helps Charlotte to communicate better with her family. While we weren't able to go on this trip with the family, they were kind enough to share with us about their experience.
“At Busch Gardens, Charlotte was able to ride quite a few rides. She rode the seated gliders in the DaVinci part of Italy, as well as the Elephant ride. She was also able to ride the Merry-go-Round and the train that circles the park. In Dragon Land, she loved the flying dinosaurs and the dinosaur eggs. She was able to pet a Clydesdale for the very first time in the England part of the park.
Charlotte also LOVED Sesame Street land, though she was not able to ride anything there. We headed straight over to the meet and greet booth in hopes that Elmo would be there. He WAS! Charlotte spent a lot of time with him, as there were very few other children waiting to visit. She loved it when he tickled her toes and gave her a kiss.
When we were entering the park on the second day, Charlotte yelled excitedly from the back seat, "Mom! Mom! I see Busch Gardens!" This was so exciting to hear because it was a new phrase and lots of words all chained together. (She has a speech delay due to a brain injury endured during her first surgery.)
We were also able to buy a few souvenirs to spoil Charlotte in ways that we don't usually do. First, we got her a new duffle bag to pack her things in for the trip, and we also got her a singing Barney doll and a new Barney DVD, as well as the same for Elmo.
The tablet we got has come in SO handy for our trips to Duke. About six weeks ago, I had to take her the Duke ER for a fever. It was a Friday night, she was tired, and could not understand why there was no "Barney" coming on the TV in the ER room. (We just watch DVDs at home, so our kids don't exactly understand the concept of "live TV.") Anyhow, two weeks later, we landed in the ER, again on a Friday night, but this time I had the tablet with us.
We were able to Skype with her dad and siblings back at home (for the first time) and then watch a Barney show that I downloaded. This trip to the ER was ten times easier! Thank you!”
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.