In 2010, Brian Dulin, Mara Campolungo and a group of friends saw a need – helping families during Christmas at Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. After the holidays had passed, this group of “go-getters” wanted to stay with the families and provide additional support. In March of 2011, a social worker at the hospital asked if they could host a prom for patients who would miss their own prom due to treatment or the eventual impact of their illness. The answer, of course, was “Yes!” And, The Sandbox’s signature event, An Evening of Believing Prom was born.
Today, from such humble beginnings, The Sandbox has grown to an organization that has served more than 4,500 families through a variety of programs and events. When a child is diagnosed with cancer or a life-altering illness, our mission at The Sandbox is to be there to alter their lives for the better. We want to create opportunities for families that build friendships, create lasting memories, produce joyful experiences and most importantly, restore hope.
Why The Sandbox?
A sandbox is a place of fun, excitement and joy. It’s a place where people of any age can gather together to express themselves and build something wonderful.
As a child faces a life-altering diagnosis, the challenges can seem as numerous as granules of sand. The Sandbox comes together to create memories of a lifetime, build cherished friendships and provide strategic support in the midst of tumultuous circumstances.