Greene Resources partners with two different non-profit organizations every year that have been nominated and selected by our internal team. Throughout the year, Greene Resources works with these organizations as a way to give back and learn more about the needs of our community.
Meg’s Smile Foundation is one of the nonprofits Greene Resources has chosen to sponsor in 2017 as part of the Greene Gives Back program. Meg’s Smile is a charitable organization founded out of Holly Springs that provides gifts, fun days, and “smiles” to children affected by serious illnesses who are treated in North Carolina hospitals.
The story behind Meg’s Smile Foundation begins with a little girl named Meg Wasley. In 2010, her parents, Jim and Terri, noticed that Meg was exhibiting several neurological symptoms including falling and hearing loss. Upon further examination, doctors diagnosed her with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, which is a tumor that grows among the nerves within the brainstem. After undergoing extensive chemotherapy and radiation, her prognosis gave her 9 months to a year to live.
During this time, Meg’s parents did everything they could to provide her with the memories of a lifetime. Packed into this short amount of time, Meg went to the beach, on a Disney Cruise, to a Taylor Swift concert, and more. These experiences helped create lasting memories for Meg’s parents and provided incredible moments for Meg to put a smile on her face during this difficult and impossible time in her life. Despite the treatments she received, Meg passed away in 2011 at 8 years old. Jim and Terri were determined to keep Meg’s memory alive and turned their heartache into hope for other children and their families. With the creation of Meg’s Smile Foundation, Jim and Terri are making a difference in children’s lives by providing a special day, or, “smile” to children affected by serious illnesses.
How You Can Help
This grassroots effort to provide smiles to children is made possible by the donations, gifts, and grants of local businesses and individuals, along with fundraising events. On Saturday, July 22, Meg’s Smile will be hosting their annual Silent & Live Auction event at The Club at 12 Oaks in Holly Springs. Several members of the Greene Team will be volunteering at this event to help facilitate the auction and we would love to see you there! For more information, please check out the event page on Meg’s Smile’s website.