Melanie is a 16-year-old young lady from Holly Springs. At 5 months old, Melanie was diagnosed with a brain tumor called anaplastic ependymoma. While Melanie’s cancer is in remission, her treatment included 2 brain surgeries and a year and a half of experimental chemotherapy. Melanie’s vision has been affected and continues to battle seizures. We thought Melanie deserved a special night out.
Melanie loves music and theatre. Meg’s Smile Foundation arranged for Melanie and her family to watch Phantom of the Opera at DPAC. They went out to dinner prior and were transported via limousine to the show. As an added bonus, Melanie got to go backstage and meet some of the cast members!
A special thank you to The Right Limo, DPAC and you, for making these special smiles come true for children!
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.