In our series, “Faces of Me Fine,” we highlight the dedicated people who make sure the organization achieves its mission to support critically ill children and their families at Duke, UNC, and WakeMed Children’s Hospitals. Meet Sarah, one of the newest team members at our Second Hope Shop in Princeton who also happened to receive support from Me Fine during her daughter’s journey at Duke.
While she may be newest team member at our Second Hope Shop, Sarah has been a long-time supporter of the store. But, her connection with the Me Fine Foundation goes beyond the walls of the Princeton establishment. Sarah’s daughter, Jaylee, has a chromosome 7 duplication, which resulted in her being born with several birth defects. While receiving treatment at Duke Children’s Hospital, Sarah received financial assistance from Me Fine, which proved to be a tremendous help. Jaylee requires frequent consultations with her medical team, so the family makes the trip from Johnston to Durham County at least once a month.
“You never know what life is going to bring,” Sarah reflected. Originally from New Jersey, Sarah moved to Goldsboro about 10 years ago. “At first, I was angry. You read all of the baby books, create the perfect nursery. This wasn’t supposed to happen.”
Despite the challenges, Jaylee has blossomed into a beautiful seven-year-old who enjoys her classmates at Rosewood Elementary School as well as her two younger sisters. Sarah praised Jaylee’s teacher and the exceptional children’s program supporting her daughter’s development.
“I never liked it when people would say that God gives special needs children to special people. You are just a regular person who becomes special. These kids are what make you special.”
Me Fine’s Second Hope Shop is located at 5100 US Hwy 70 East in Princeton, North Carolina. You can find updates on sales and specials on the store’s Facebook page or give them a call at 919-202-0445.