Kids with cancer try on dresses for special prom

- The Sandbox- an organization that locks arms with the Charlotte community and families with children diagnosed with cancer- held its annual “Try-On Day” on Saturday to give sick children an opportunity to select dresses, tuxedos and accessories for the upcoming “Evening of Believing” prom.

The sixth annual prom for children and teens facing cancer or other life-altering illnesses takes place on September 30 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte.

An “Evening of Believing" Prom allows these kids to take a backseat, so honorees can celebrate their lives and enjoy an evening that is 100 percent catered to their emotional well-being.

"The day is really special because what happens is, families get together and their truly in community together," said Mara Campolungo, executive director and co-founder of Sandbox.  "There's no stress, nobody feels sick, nobody feels different and they forget about their diagnosis. And that's what we want to happen."

Thousands of dresses have been donated along with shoes and accessories for every style and size. With a seamstress on-site, attendees had their outfits fitted accordingly.

Through a variety of services, the Sandbox meets day-to-day needs and offers support both emotionally, socially and financially to families during the most tumultuous times of their lives. In addition to assistance and support throughout the year, some of its programs include: HopeFULL Holidays, providing food and gifts during the holiday seasons and LoveBaskets that are filled with non-perishable food items, household supplies and personal items - delivered directly to local families.

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