Dustin is a young man from Fredericksburg, VA who is treated at Duke Medical Center for a condition called severe anaplastic anemia. The condition depletes Dustin of all three types of blood cells and frequently leads to a shortened life. Dustin underwent a bone marrow transplant in July of 2015.
Dustin has always wanted an English Bulldog and Meg’s Smile Foundation made it possible for him to have his very own puppy.
Dustin wrote us a note as follows: “Meg’s Smile Foundation helped me smile after I went through one of the worst experiences anyone should have to go through. I've always wanted an English Bulldog but I've never been able to afford one. You guys gave me a “smile” and I will forever be grateful. Onyx is a great dog. He is very smart and loving and he loves to cuddle!”
Thank you for making Dustin’s “smile” possible!!
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.