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Everyone is invited to grab their buckets and head to the beach in front of the Atlantis Lodge in Atlantic Beach on Saturday, May 7 to enjoy the sun and fun of sandcastle building during the annual Mile of Hope celebration. The annual event offers children suffering from cancer and their families a fun-filled three-day getaway at the beach. The children come throughout North Carolina, however, all of them are being treated at pediatric oncology departments at ECU in Greenville, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.

The event involves more than 100 children in all, along with their family members, and includes lodging, food and a full schedule fun at the beach. This year’s theme is “Dragons – Keepers of the Treasure” and will feature sand sculpting, a boat ride, fun at an amusement park, hunting for shark’s teeth, tours of the NC Aquarium and interacting with pirates.

The public is invited to come out and cheer on the pint sized artists as they sculpt their best castle at the Atlantis Lodge. For information, contact Ed Moore at 919-819-1637 or visit

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