Jessica is a 24-year-old young adult from Carolina Beach who one day came into the hospital and was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis. She had her gall bladder removed but that didn't help. She came back in and began to have vision, hearing and mobility issues. She has had seizures, aspirated and went to the ICU and is currently on her third inpatient admission in the critical care unit. Jessica has been diagnosed with the rarest of Guillain Barre Syndrome known as AMSAN. She has permanent nerve damage and is currently paralyzed from the neck down and on ventilation.
Jessica’s iPad broke and really needed it to communicate. Meg’s Smile Foundation rushed her an iPad to her hospital room so that she could continue to keep in touch with her family and friends. Jessica’s parents noted, “It was great to see her so surprised and happy! She said she wants to hug Meg’s Mom and cried tears of joy. We can't thank you enough for this special moment and gift!
Because of your support – we can help our friends like Jessica. 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.