The L and L Miracle Home in Falls Reserve Photo Credit: The Jim Allen Group

This year it’s personal for the selected builder of the Duke Children’s Miracle Home. Warren Smith, President of L and L of Raleigh, felt honored to build the Miracle Home in Falls Reserve. He credits Duke with saving the life of his wife, Julie, who was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. “It gives us a chance to give back to the hospital that gave so much to us and helped us get through what she was going through. It’s just a really good partnership.”The national Children’s Miracle Network supports more than 170 hospitals and their patients. Their purpose is to raise money for pediatric medical research, both basic science and clinical research, according to Karen McClure, Director of Special Programs, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Volunteers. McClure states that a primary focus is “patient- and family-friendly services like Child Life, Arts for Life, music therapy, educational materials for the family to understand the diagnosis and at-home treatments they can administer; a summer camp run by our caregivers (complete with open-air cabins, swimming, sailing, archery, campfires, and so on) for patients not able to attend a ‘regular’ camp.”

Sue Anger is a writer and writing instructor in Raleigh.

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