Past Smiles

Avery's Dinosaur Room

Avery is a four-year-old boy from Clayton who has been battling Wilms Tumor for a year and a half. During this time, Avery underwent several surgeries to remove all of one kidney and partially remove the other. He also underwent several difficult rounds of chemotherapy. There was no doubt Avery needed a smile.

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Connor's Day as a Police Officer

Imagine going to the doctor’s office with your 3-year-old energetic son for what you think is a sprained ankle and finding out it is actually leukemia.This is what happened to Conner and his family three years ago. Conner, now aged 6, continues to battle acute lymphoblastic leukemia.Conner loves video games and has always wondered what it was like to be a police officer.

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Avery's Playground Smile

Avery is a five-year-old sweetheart from Raleigh. She was diagnosed with a DIPG brain tumor three months ago. This is the type of tumor Meg battled, unfortunately the prognosis for these types of tumors are 9-12 months. Avery and her family needed a smile!

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Baylee's Toy Drive

Baylee is from Richlands, NC and has been battling her brain tumor for over 7 years. Back in 2013, we were thrilled to meet her and her family as they went to go see One Direction in Raleigh on her smile. Baylee has always had a giving heart. She wanted to do a holiday toy drive for her fellow patients at UNC Children’s Hospital as she knows first-hand, how hard it is to be battling during the holidays.

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Caroline's Weekend in Washington

Caroline is a 16-year-old girl from South Boston, VA being treated at Duke Children’s Hospital for ALL leukemia. She was diagnosed when she was 8 years old and went through rigorous treatment for over 2 years. Caroline’s leukemia came back 4 years later and is currently in active treatment.

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Ganesh's Golden State Warriors Smile

Ganesh is a 16-year-old boy from Cary. Two years ago, Ganesh was like any other teenager. Suddenly, he and his family noticed changes which would be diagnosed as Childhood Onset Cerebral X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy. This is a progressive, life shortening disease that has Ganesh needing round the clock care.

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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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Lexie's Sweet Sixteen

Lexie is a 15-year-old girl from Franklinton who battles osteogenesis imperfecta. This disease cause Lexie to sustain several bone fractures during her life. She also sustained injuries in a car accident causing her to have metal rods placed in her legs. Because of this, her legs did not grow straight and is now primarily home and bed bound.

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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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Melanie's Musical Night Out

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.

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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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Zya's Shopping Spree

Zya is a 12-year-old young lady from Roanoke, VA being treated at Duke Children’s Hospital for Hodgkin’s Disease. Prior to her diagnosis, Zya loved playing sports including volleyball. After several months of active treatment, she is now needing a stem cell treatment leaving her isolated in the bone marrow unit at Duke.

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