Emily is a seventeen-year-old young lady from Raleigh. Emily was born with a small cerebellum which causes speech, developmental delays and a physical disability. When Emily was fifteen, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation of CACNA1A gene.
She is the 2nd patient in the world to be diagnosed with this progressive gene disorder which is a form of spinocerebella ataxia. Emily’s prognosis is uncertain at this time and needed something to lift her spirits.
Emily loves Harry Potter, so we thought a trip to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Orlando was in order. After their trip, Emily’s Mom delivered the following message, “Our family can’t thank Meg’s Smile Foundation enough for making this trip possible. We enjoyed every second of our time at Universal Studios. So nice to get away from all the daily stress and worries and to see Emily so happy and excited. Visiting “Harry Potter World” has been on her list of places to visit for a long time.
Thank you for helping Emily and her family have an amazing “smile.”
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.