So honored to present Johanna with her "Smile" today! Johanna was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 8 years old, and fought very hard. She just turned 18 years old and is fighting once again as the Leukemia has returned. She recently had surgery for an infection in her leg as well due to treatments, but she has come back strong from that surgery and is still fighting.
Johanna wanted a day out with her Mom, so we took them on special girls day out to get their nails done, then lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, then a shopping spree at The Streets of Southpoint Mall. Such a sweet, beautiful young lady, who truly deserved this day after all she has been through! Thanks to all our supporters who made this day 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.