Terri Wasley Articles

300th Smile — Clara's Plaground

Clara is a five-year-old girl from Clayton. She battles Quadriplegia, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and Cortical Visual Impairment. She relies on a feeding tube and is nonverbal.

Clara’s family requested an adaptive swing and wooden frame. Clara cannot sit by herself, walk, or roll over but has the most amazing personality and loves to be outside. Playgrounds are hard for kids like Clara without adaptive equipment, so she doesn’t get to swing. We agreed so our friends at Backyard Playground built a wonderful adaptive playground for both Clara and her sister to enjoy.

Clara also had the special honor of being our 300th Smile Recipient! Thank you so much for allowing us to help so many children and their families throughout the year!

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Evana's Writing Workshop

Evana is a 22-year-old young lady from Concord who has been battling cystic fibrosis her entire life. She also lives with diabetes as a result of her disease. Evana is an aspiring writer, writing has been a major coping mechanism for dealing with her illness. She wanted to attend a summer workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown for the Center's 3rd annual poetry festival. Meg’s Smile Foundation paid for her trip to attend the workshop where she was able to share her poems.

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Kaitlyn's Beach Trip

Kaitlyn is a twenty-two-year-old young lady from Durham. Kaitlyn recently had a double lung transplant due to her cystic fibrosis. Kaitlyn wanted to go to the beach with her family to spend some much-needed quality time with them.

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Taylor's NYC Trip

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.

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Jordan's Florida Trip

Jordan is a 14-year-old boy from Kernersville. He battles hyperglycinemia, a condition that causes him to not be able to rid himself & regulate his glycine levels. This congenital, life limiting condition has lead to severe developmental delays in all areas, frequent seizure activity, as well as fine and gross motor deficits, and cortical blindness.

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Kaitlyn's Theatre Smile

Kaitlyn is a 15-year-old girl from Holly Springs. She is a fun-loving girl who lives with Cerebral Palsy, seizure disorder and vasomotor instability. We thought Kaitlyn could use a pick me up!

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Maddux's Concert Smile

Maddux is a 15-year-old sweetheart from Holly Springs. Maddux and Meg were friends in elementary school. Maddux’s mother, Jaime, took a very touching and memorable photo shoot of Meg and her family as she was battling. Maddux battles epilepsy along with other chronic health issues. Maddux loves Christian music and finds it to be very uplifting to her.

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Ridge's Special Trip

Ridge is a 3-year-old little boy from Mebane who battles an inoperable brain tumor. He was on chemotherapy for 18 months to try and control his tumor. Ridge’s treatment has been discontinued as his body was no longer reacting to his tumor. He has had 3 surgeries and is blind in one eye and partially blind in the other. He also continues to battle chronic pain due to neuropathy. If anyone needs a smile, it is Ridge.

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Toby's New Best Friend

Toby is a 15-year-old boy who has battled Cystic Fibrosis his entire life. In order to save his life, he needs a double lung transplant which he could be having at any time. Toby has always wanted a dog to call his own however, he needed to get one ASAP so his body had time to get accustomed to it before his surgery.

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Dustin's Puppy

Dustin is a young man from Fredericksburg, VA who is treated at Duke Medical Center for a condition called severe anaplastic anemia. The condition depletes Dustin of all three types of blood cells and frequently leads to a shortened life. Dustin underwent a bone marrow transplant in July of 2015.

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Jesus's Raleigh Museum Smile

Jesus is a 10 year old boy from Greenville. Jesus battles Usher Syndrome, an extremely rare disease that leaves people hearing and visually impaired. Jesus has lives with being hearing impaired for most of his life however, he just recently started to lose his sight. Doctors fear that most of his sight will be lost in a short time frame.

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Alex's Smile

Alex is a 7 year old boy who has battled lymphoma for over two years. Because of this, he has not been able to have a birthday party. His “smile” request was to have a birthday bash with all of his friends and family!

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Chris's Man Cave

Chris is 16 year old young man from Concord, NC. He is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that has relapsed which leaves him in his home for long periods of time.  He wanted to make his room into a “man cave” so Meg's Smile Foundation said, “Let’s go for it!”

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Davis's Smile

Davis is a delightful 12 year old boy from our hometown of Holly Springs, NC.  Davis was born with several conditions that severely limit his ability to be mobile and communicate.

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Jasmine's VIP Prom Experience

Jasmine is a 17 year old young lady from Roanoke Rapids, NC who has been battling leukemia for 4 years. Jasmine has had many ups and downs during her battle. After having a disappointing prom experience the year before, she asked Meg’s Smile Foundation for a VIP Prom Experience complete with a date. This would be a first for Meg’s Smile Foundation.

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Lauren's Boone Trip

Lauren is a 6 year old sweetheart from Wake Forest, NC. She battles cerebral palsy along with some other conditions that produce seizures. Lauren had just gotten discharged from a 36 day hospital stay.  

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Miguel's Backyard Playground

Miguel is a 5 year old boy from Willow Spring, NC who has been battling leukemia for four years.  Recently, Miguel has also been diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome which produces seizures up to 20 times per day.  Because of this, it is unsafe for Miguel to go to the park and play on the playground.

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Moira's Smile

Moira is a 3 year old little girl from Greensboro, NC who lives with an extremely rare condition called Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia.

Moira was diagnosed with this at birth and leaves her severely challenged intellectually and physically. The normal life span for a person with this condition is only 20 years.

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Sada's Smile

Sada is a beautiful 12 year old girl from Franklinton, NC. Sada had battled a very rare, malignant tumor called desmoplastic small round cell tumor for over a year.  Unfortunately, Sada’s disease has progressed and was in need of a “smile.”

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Benjamen's Smile

Benjamen is a young man from Wake Forest who has been a severe form of Epilepsy since he was born.  Recently, Benjamen had two brain surgeries to try and ease the seizures he experiences on a daily basis.  Benjamen and his family wanted to get away where he could swim and have fun in the water.  What better place to do that than – The Great Wolf Lodge.

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