These "Smiles" could not be made possible without the support of so many individuals and businesses. Thank you to everyone who helps to bring smiles to these children and families going through serious illnesses! Click one of the names to the right to view details for that smile.
Khamari's Wizards Smile
Khamari is a 10 year old boy from Garner, NC. He has been battling a brain tumor for the last eight months. Sadly, Khamari and his family were told that he only had weeks to live. Khamari asked to go to Washington DC to sightsee and attend a Washington Wizards basketball game.
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.
Jaylin's iPad Smile
Jaylin is a 3 year old sweetheart from Mebane. Jaylin battles Hurler Syndrome which makes her have multiple physical challenges as well as being non-verbal. She received a stem cell cord blood transplant at Duke in 2014. Her family moved to North Carolina from West Virginia so they could be closer to her Doctors at Duke.
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.
Bryce's Myrtle Beach Trip
Bryce is a 10 year old boy from Raleigh that lives with a rare form of epilepsy called ESES. Bryce was diagnosed three years ago. He battles 15 seizures a day which occur when he eats and sleeps. As you can imagine, Bryce has had it so hard and was in need of a “smile.”
Reagan Blake Passey, was such a thoughtful boy who was always putting others before himself. Being the 9th child out of 11, Reagan was always the first one at the door to greet you when you came to visit.
Trip to FedEx Stadium - Giants vs. Redskins
Imagine being 10 years old, an all-star pitcher and in one week, losing your vision.
Lifetime Fitness of Cary
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!
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.
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.”
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.
Hornets Basketball Game
Noah is a 16 year old boy from Charlotte, NC. He is battling a rare form of cancer that strikes the muscles and connective tissue. Noah has been battling this rare, Stage 4 disease for over a year. If anyone needed a “smile,” it was Noah!
She gets her own set of wheels!
Taliyah is a 3 year old girl from Durham battling a serious brain tumor. Taliyah has always wanted her own set of wheels and wants to visit the Great Wolf Lodge.
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.
Marley is a 3 year old sweetheart from Durham, NC. Marley battles a rare neurological disorder called AHC. This diagnosis causes seizures, developmental delay and paralysis along with several other symptoms. Because of its rare nature, prognosis changes from day to day.
Zykia is an 18 year old young lady from Williamston, NC. She has been battling sarcoma for two years and recently it had recently moved into her lungs. Zykia definitely needed a “smile” quickly!
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.
Olivia is a 10 year old girl from Greensboro, NC. She has been battling Stage 4 Ewings Sarcoma for about a year. Olivia lit right up when we told her she could go on a shopping spree to Southpoint Mall in Durham!
Frances is a young lady from Raleigh, NC who has battled leukemia for two years. After several rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, Frances is struggling to get back into remission. Because of this, Frances spends a lot of time indoors.
Back in April of 2014, Emma was celebrating her birthday at school in Ahoskie, NC. During the celebration, she came down with a headache. A few short hours later, they were being airlifted to Duke where they would later find out that Emma had a rare brain tumor.
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.
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!”
Cheyenne is a beautiful 17 year old young lady from Four Oaks, NC. She has been battling a rare autoimmune disorder since January 2014 that has caused her enormous pain.
Brandy is a young lady from Creedmoor, North Carolina who has been battling Ewing’s Sarcoma for over a year. When asked what would make her smile she replied, “A car makeover.”
Moriah is an 18 year old girl from Apex, NC who has battled Tetrology of Fallot since she was born. This condition requires on-going care for both cardiac and pulmonary functions.
Meg’s Smile Foundation relies solely on contributions to provide “smiles” to children. Many organizations and businesses in our community hold special events solely for the benefit of Meg’s Smile Foundation.
Great Wolf Lodge
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.
Alessia is nine years old and is from Washington, NC. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the age of five. Alessia developed congestive heart failure from the chemotherapy she needed to take. She has a ventricular assist device and is currently waiting for a heart transplant. If anyone deserves a smile, it is Alessia!
Alicia is an 11 year old sweetheart from Sanford, NC who has been battling a rare condition called Arterio-Venous Malformation for six years. During this time, Alicia has undergone over 600 hours of surgery! Alicia loves WWE wrestling and had never been to see the matches live so we thought it would be great to get her to see one VIP style!
Marbles Museum Birthday Parth
Jomiah is a ten year old girl from Spring Hope, NC who was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy when she was two years old. Since that time, Jomiah has had trouble walking and experiences debilitating tremors that leave her unsteady.
Bryce is a thirteen year old boy from Raleigh who has been battling leukemia for over two years. Bryce enjoys computer gaming with his brother however his computer was starting to bog down.
Cherry is a young lady from Newton, NC who has been battling a brain tumor for fourteen years. Her tumor has relapsed four times with the last instance resulting in a tremendous amount of pain.
Lexi is a five year old cutie currently residing at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham. At birth, Lexi was diagnosed with epilepsy. Since then she has also been diagnosed with Alternating Hemiplegia, a rare neurologic disorder affecting one in a one million people. This rare disease leaves Lexi paralyzed at times and unable to communicate.
Did You Know?
Did you know – in addition to the wonderful “smiles” we provide to children, Meg’s Smile Foundation is involved in other Community Events?
Reece is a 10 year old boy from Cary, NC who has been battling a brain tumor for over a year. As we have seen many times with kids battling like Reece is, computer games are really popular with kids as they have long treatment times in the Hospital.
We were happy to provide a smile to a six year old girl named Maddie. Maddie is from Durham, NC who battles a rare neurological disorder called Alternating Hemiplegia. When asked what she would like, she told us – a bedroom makeover with a Frozen Theme!
Kayleigh is a sweet girl, staying in UNC Hospital awaiting her transplant. She can't leave the hospital, so Meg's Smile Foundation was able to bring a gift card shopping spree to her hospital room, so she could do her shopping online! The pictures include some of the fun items Kayleigh was able to purchase. Thanks to everyone's support, Meg's Smile Foundation can bring smiles to children's faces even when they have to stay at the hospital!
Christmas Smiles at Duke Children's Hospital
Meg's Smile Foundation went to Duke Children's Hospital in December to donate gift items for their "Christmas Shop". Families that are in the hospital will be able to "shop" for some gifts. MSF also brought the hospital 6 Play Station 4's with 6 extra remotes for the hospital rooms.
Duke is involved in a big campaign to put a PS4 in all the children's hospital rooms.
Great Wolf Lodge
We had a special weekend set up for Devon and his family. Devon is a local boy battling leukemia. He has finally been feeling a little better and was able to go to the Great Wolf Lodge and meet his family from Virginia there! We love the smiles and are so glad Meg's Smile Foundation could help make some special memories! Thanks to all of our supporters for making these smiles happen!
Nova Rose's Smile
Sweet Nova Rose and her family were able to get away on beach vacation!
Great Wolf Lodge
Meg's Smile Foundation was able to send the Johnson Family on a wonderful adventure to Great Wolf Lodge, Christopher is a teenager battling DIPG, the same type of tumor Meg had. He loves to spend time with his young sister and wanted to have special weekend with her at the Great Wolf Lodge. Love those smiles!
An Artist in the Making
Amber has a true love of art, so Meg's Smile Foundation was able to arrange for her to have a private art lesson with the amazingly talented, local Raleigh, NC artist, and friend to Meg's Smile Foundation, Allen Montague!
Shopping and Spa Girl's Day Out
So honored to present Johanna with her "Smile" today! Johanna was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 8 years old, and fought very hard. She just turned 18 years old and is fighting once again as the Leukemia has returned. She recently had surgery for an infection in her leg as well due to treatments, but she has come back strong from that surgery and is still fighting.
Beach Weekend Getaway
David wants to be a marine biologist someday, and he really wanted to go to the beach for the weekend for his "Smile." David had a behind the scenes tour at the North Carolina Aquarium. Love that smile!! What a better way to kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by making a child that deserves so much, smile!
Great Wolf Lodge Trip
Sebastian and his family were treated to a stay at Great Wolf Lodge! Sebastian recently had major kidney surgery and has been through a lot so we gave him a pick me up with a quick trip to Great Wolf Lodge! His spirits were up and he had a great time!
Jasmine was able to go shopping and get a makeover at Belk's for her "Smile!"
Meg's Smile Foundation was able to give Delaney a special girl's day out of shopping!
Meg's Smile Foundation was able to send Dana to the Katy Perry concert! Dana has been battling a brain tumor and this is just the pick me up that she needed!
Meg’s Smile Foundation was so excited to spend the evening with the Buchanan Family and their amazing son Cuyler, an 8 year old boy from Wake Forest, NC. This family has been through so much the past few years, as Cuyler was diagnosed in June, 2012 with Anaplastic Diffused Stage 4 Wilm’s Tumor kidney cancer and also has Transfusional Hemochromatosis of his liver due to an iron overload from his over 35 blood and platelet transfusions.
Anna Beth's Smile
Anna Beth went to Myrtle Beach for her "Smile" and while she was there, she happened to run into Mountain Man from Duck Dynasty!
This was a first for Meg's Smile Foundation, as Jaida a sweet girl battling cancer really wanted a Bison Frise puppy for her "Smile." So happy we could help Jaida out with her dream puppy. She named him, Oreo. Such a special treat for a beautiful, sweet girl.
Collin and his brother Patrick have both battled different forms of cancer. Patrick, age 8 is in remission, while Collin, age 6 is still undergoing treatments for ALL Leukemia.
Charlotte was born with a disability and not long after that, her parents found out she had a brain tumor.
Celebration Event in Noah's Honor
Noah Spivey, is a 17 year old boy from Raleigh, who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. After many treatments, hospital stays and a strong fighting spirit, sadly Noah's cancer is now in a stage where there is no more that can be done. Noah knows this and accepts this through his incredible faith in God. Faith has carried Noah and his family through this really hard time and this young man is so deserving of a "Smile."
Meg's Smile Foundation had the pleasure of doing a smile for Kayla Duquette, a girl from Fuquay Varina, NC who is battling a brain tumor. She and her family were picked up in style by Cowboy Limousine and Kayla was presented with new jewelry and she was able to get a brand new dress for the big event. They all went to dinner at The Mellow Mushroom, and then on to see Les Miserable.
After being postponed due to weather, we were finally able to give Abby her Smile day. Abby is 6 years old now, but was diagnosed at age 2 with late stage 2 Wilms Tumor. She has been through numerous surgeries and treatments, and trips back and forth to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. This wonderful family is stationed at the base at Cherry Point, NC and Mom Katheryn has served and Dad Greg continues to serve our country as a Marine.
A day with the Lakers!
Ife is a sweet boy from Raleigh, NC who is battling a brain tumor. He really wanted to go see a Lakers Basketball game and fortunately the Lakers were playing in Charlotte, NC in December. We were able to send Ife and his family to Charlotte for the big game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the LA Lakers. To add to this experience, Ife got to meet his favorite player, Kobe Bryant!!!!
We had the privilege of spending the afternoon with Kristen, her sweet family and good friend Amber on December 15. Kristen is a heart transplant recipient who is beautiful inside and out! Kristen has such a positive spirit and a supportive, loving family and they all truly deserved a day to celebrate. What a brave young lady, who after enduring so much, now shares her story with other children to help them as they go through transplants.
Girl's Day Out
Meg’s Smile Foundation joined forces with Fight Like Paxton, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families fighting childhood cancer, to bring a special day to Taylor, a 13 year old girl who was battling AML Leukemia.