Clara is a five-year-old girl from Clayton. She battles Quadriplegia, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and Cortical Visual Impairment. She relies on a feeding tube and is nonverbal.
Clara’s family requested an adaptive swing and wooden frame. Clara cannot sit by herself, walk, or roll over but has the most amazing personality and loves to be outside. Playgrounds are hard for kids like Clara without adaptive equipment, so she doesn’t get to swing. We agreed so our friends at Backyard Playground built a wonderful adaptive playground for both Clara and her sister to enjoy.
Clara also had the special honor of being our 300th Smile Recipient! Thank you so much for allowing us to help so many children and their families throughout the year!
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.