Cristian is a fourteen-year-old boy from Durham. He battles Adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare genetic disorder that has left him in palliative care.
Cristian’s family wanted him to have a traditional Quinceañero (15th) birthday party which would allow him to reflect on his youth while in Mexico. Meg’s Smile Foundation arranged for Cristian’s family to throw a wonderful party complete with a custom cake, traditional suit, boots, hat and tie to wear as well as all of the food, decorations and a mariachi band. Cristian, his family and friends had a wonderful time they will always remember.
Because of your support, children like Cristian have their smiles fulfilled – 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.