The Sandbox Prom Brings Hope and Celebration
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- For some kids fighting cancer and other illnesses prom is a dream that may never get come true. Until now!
Mara Campolungo and Brian Dulin started The Sandbox prom celebration, "The Sandbox is a Charlotte based nonprofit that walks with families who's children have cancer or life altering illness."
Abby Wright will be in attendance. She suffers from a rare form of Dwarfism. Her parents were told she would not live past 5 years old. She is 12. Lisa Wright, Abby's mom says she touches everyone she meets, " People just see her circumstance and they see that is doesn't affect her happiness and she just brings joy."
Today she got in front of her church family and used sign language to sing a song her friends taught her, "We were practicing the song and we just started giggling."
Abby is taking her BFF and "power twin" Madison Maynard to the prom with her.
Lisa says Abby just wants to be a regular 12 year old kid, "She is so excited about it. This is an opportunity that she may not get and for her to be able to go and take her friend an just enjoy being a normal kid."
Picture this, it's Friday evening and police are escorting the honorees down N. Tryon St to Founders Hall. As they step out of their limo onto the red carpet there will be tons of paparazzi waiting to take their picture.
There will be nearly 220 guests, a full buffet, music, dancing, a caricature artist, and many surprises.
Mara and Brian feel honored, "We're both extremely humbled by the opportunity to pour into the lives of people in our community."
In normal prom fashion they will be crowing a prom king and queen.