Organization plans prom for teens battling disease

CHARLOTTE (WBTV) Prom season is here and high school students are busy getting ready and getting excited!

But for the kids, and young adults who are fighting a terminal illness, there is a very real chance they won't get to their prom.

Sometimes it is treatments, or a flare up of their disease, but either way, the non-profit organization, The Sandbox, is making sure these young people get a prom night they'll never forget.

The Sandbox's motto is "Get Your Believe On".  That one line says so much about the determination of the co-founders, Mara Campolungo and Brian Dulin.  They saw the needs of the families served by the Levine Children's Hospital and knew they wanted to help.

They provide all kinds of day-to-day services for the families, so moms and dads can be focused on helping their kids heal!

The Sandbox is already busy working on the second annual prom.  But "An Evening of The Stars" isn't possible without the support of our community.

That is where YOU come in.

If you are looking for a cause to volunteer for, if you have dresses to donate, if you're a party planner and want to help set up the hall…the need is great and the opportunities many!  There are several ways you can help with your time, but you can also donate financial support.

I am looking forward to working with "The Sandbox" as we gear up for prom night.  I am excited meet and share the stories of kids battling life threatening or life ending diseases that will enjoy the Second Annual Prom September 28, 2012 in Founders Hall!

This video is from last year's event.  As you can see, for the young men and women in the fight of their life, the evening gives them a chance to just be teens and have a blast.