The Atlantis Lodge, Atlantic Beach, plays host to the annual Mile of Hope weekend May 11-13, which provides an all-expense paid getaway for children suffering from cancer and their families. The children, who are all receiving treatment from ECU, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, are treated to a variety of special events, including boat trips, visits to local museums and more. One of the highlights of the weekend is a sandcastle building competition on Saturday, May 12.
The purpose of the Mile of Hope is to provide moral support to children with cancer to supplement the medical services they are receiving. The weekend also helps families of the children have an outing away from their routine visits to the hospital. The cost of care for a family dealing with childhood cancer is high, and most of the families do not have money left over to go on vacations. They usually spend all their time and efforts towards the child with cancer. The Mile of Hope offers the diversion of a brief “getaway” from the daily trauma of dealing with childhood cancer.
During the sandcastle contest on Saturday, May 12, the public is encouraged to come out and cheer on the children, or even build a sandcastle of their own. To learn more, visit www.mileofhope.org.