Imagine being 10 years old, an all-star pitcher and in one week, losing your vision.
This is what happened to our friend Matthew. Now at the age of 14 years old, Matthew does not let his optic brain tumor hamper him. He continues to go to school and take notes with his laptop computer. He even helps raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
We were so happy to provide Matthew and his family with a trip to Fed Ex Stadium to attend a Redskins game. While Matthew’s dad is a Redskins fan through and through, Matthew is a New York Giants fan – the opponent for the Redskins that day. Our friends with the Giants gave Matthew and his family access to the field prior to the game where he met several coaches and players. After that it was front row seats for the game. All reports were that Matthew and his family were all “smiles.”
A special thank you to our friends at the New York Giants for making this “smile” a reality. We’d also like to thank our supporters who make trips like this one for Matthew come true!
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.