Thys, a healthy motivated smart young man who started his first semester at Orange County High School in Fall 2017, experienced a life changing event.
While playing JV football he collapsed on the field with a very serious life-threatening brain bleed and traumatic brain injury. He was placed in a medically induced coma and under the care of the Duke PICU Team. Once stable enough, he was discharged from Duke and began inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. He had to learn to walk, talk, eat and drink again on his own. After 9 months, Thys is doing well, even challenging himself by doing several push-ups a day. He has given 100 % effort to rehabilitation, homeschool & giving back to the community.
Thys is a country music fan, what better way to smile then to take in a Luke Bryan show! Meg’s Smile Foundation provided Thys and his family with VIP tickets to see Luke Bryan in style!
We are so proud of Thys and his never give up attitude. Thank you for supporting kids like Thys!
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.