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The Sandbox Prom ensures everyone makes it to prom night

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At The Sandbox organization they have a saying, "EveryONE counts." 

That is why, for the second year in a row, The Sandbox put on "An Evening of Believing". 

In that simple phrase there is hope and promise and excitement for children who have cancer or other life-alerting illnesses.

"An Evening of Believing" is their chance to enjoy a beautiful prom.  A night filled with all the excitement every child should feel about the prom.  But for the young men and women who attend The Sandbox Prom, they might not be able to attend their own schools prom, so Friday night was all about them.

The event takes months of planning by the founders of The Sandbox, Mara Campolungo and Brian Dulin.  The world believe is what these two angels are all about.  They, along with countless volunteers, help restore these kids ability to believe along the journey of healing. 

As Mara and Brian like to say, "This is really about a community locking arms and helping meet the needs of these kids and giving them the courage to face their unique challenges with positivity and support."

I was fortunate to emcee the event and watch the entire day unfold.  It started with "hair and make-up" at the Aveda Institute.  Students and instructors volunteered their time to give the young ladies and gents beautiful looks for the big night.

From there the "Hometown Heroes" motorcycle club, along with Mecklenburg County Sheriff's deputies escorted limos, to the red carpet.  There, photographers and a cheering crowd awaited the kids.  The Experience Youth Group from Christ Lutheran Church lined the red carpet and cheered on kids they've grown to love through volunteer work with The Sandbox.

Inside Founder's Hall was decked out like an evening at the Oscars.  And the kids danced until the giant balloon drop at 10:30pm.  What I heard over and over again from parents of the young men and women, was this is "Their night!"  The evening provides them with a chance to not explain their illness, not think about the treatment that they must still go through, just enjoy the fun of music and fellowship and believe!

But The Sandbox is working for and with these families 365 days a year.  They provide simple things that make a huge difference in the lives of families facing some of their darkest hours.  Imagine how hectic life becomes when your child must be at treatments for fight a life-altering, even life-threatening illness.  The Sandbox offers their help through gifts of time and financial support. This gives relief to families and helps them believe there is good in the world and better days ahead.

If you are interested in being a part of this organization, please join their efforts.  The non-profit gets especially busy this time of year, providing Thanksgiving meals to families, and making Christmas possible to families who simple couldn't do it in the face of their health crisis. 

The organization also accepts financial support.  You will find all the information you need at  GotSandbox.org.

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