The Yes Week
From providing gorgeous beach house accommodations to exciting day excursions like dolphin tours, Sandcastle Kids families are free to just soak it all in and make magical memories. Sandcastle Kids also provides gift cards for expenses, restaurant vouchers, and photography sessions are donated by local photographers.
Eve’s mom Meredith said they referred to their trip as “The Yes Week.” Being a family of six, vacations can be costly, but every treat and whim was possible thanks to this program.
Power of Community
Sandcastle Kids is completely volunteer-based. Because of generous homeowners, donors, and businesses, Sandcastle Kids families leave their worries at home for a week. “My husband and I were floored by the level of generosity we encountered in South Walton”, Gvozdas recalled. Once all the families scheduled for 2022 complete their trips, Sandcastle Kids will have helped 110 families since its inception in 2015.
Believe in Eve
While the Gvozdases’ Fall 2021 trip was planned months in advance, incredibly Eve was able to take her last chemo pills while on her beach trip. It was a night this family will never forget. A year later, Eve is doing great. She is five now and loving life as a Kindergartener. The Sandcastle Kids trip demarcated a whole new beginning for their entire family: a fresh start to believe in.
After the Storm
According to Meredith, the end of cancer treatment was almost as emotional as the beginning. The morning after Eve’s last treatment, Meredith went for a walk on the beach. The sky was gray and ominous, but she was determined to walk out all her complicated thoughts and feelings. Inexplicably her phone battery died, so when a full rainbow appeared she was disheartened to realize she could not capture it. Noticing her frustration, a stranger offered his phone and said, “I’ve taken some already, please text them to yourself or take some of your own.” Only later did the Gvozdases notice Meredith herself was in his photos. There she was: the mom of a warrior, reflecting upon their storm, walking right beneath the promise of a Gulf Coast rainbow