Meg’s Smile Foundation was so excited to spend the evening with the Buchanan Family and their amazing son Cuyler, an 8 year old boy from Wake Forest, NC. This family has been through so much the past few years, as Cuyler was diagnosed in June, 2012 with Anaplastic Diffused Stage 4 Wilm’s Tumor kidney cancer and also has Transfusional Hemochromatosis of his liver due to an iron overload from his over 35 blood and platelet transfusions.
Needless to say, Meg’s Smile Foundation was honored to meet this brave young man and give he and his family a well-deserved night out with the Durham Bulls!
The moment we first met Cuyler, he immediately ran over and gave us a hug! Such a precious and kind little boy. He had no idea where he was going on his “Smile,” so all of this was such a fun surprise. Our wonderful limo driver, Bob Clark from 49 Dollar Limousines picked the family up in style and took them to Durham Bulls Athletic Park, where they received a behind the scenes tour, met some of the players and got autographs. They were then escorted to a Suite, where they met up with more family and friends and even some surprise guests that have worked with Cuyler at the hospital.
Cuyler got an even bigger treat when he was asked to run the bases with Wool-E-Bull!! Cuyler also got to spend some Bulls Bucks in the souvenir shop, and the whole family got to enjoy dinner in the Suite and watch the ball game in style (and air conditioning if they wanted). While the Bulls couldn't pull out a win, we know a little boy who, because of all the support given to Meg’s Smile Foundation was able to take some time away from everything he has gone through the past 2 years, and just have fun for a night.
THANK YOU once again for all of your support! It means so much to be able to provide these special days to children and their families.
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.