GRANT 149:

A Carnival Fantasy: Where Anything is Possible

07/13/2015

Move over cancer, this 17-year-old isn't going to let you ruin the fun. Angel Eaton is having a carnival extravaganza!

When you think back to special moments in your childhood – birthdays, dances, holidays – you probably remember being with your friends, family, and loved ones. You’re in your favorite places, eating your favorite foods, having fun, and feeling happy. But what if you spent the majority of your childhood stuck in a hospital, eating nasty hospital food, and missing out on all of those special, “normal” moments, all because of a thing called cancer? That’s no fun. 

Meet Angel Eaton, a 17-year-old cancer survivor from Alabama, who has made it her mission to help other young cancer fighters still have those special “normal” memories that cancer often steals.  Angel had spent numerous holidays in the hospital, she missed her high school prom, and didn’t get to plan a Sweet Sixteen party. But her friends did something pretty awesome – they threw her a surprise Sweet Sixteen AND a surprise prom in the lobby of the hospital waiting room. Angel decided that she wanted to do something similar for other kids fighting, and so… “A Carnival Fantasy, Where Anything is Possible” was born!  

Scheduled for August 8, 2015, Angel is in the midst of organizing a massive and magical “Carnival” at Bowers Park in Alabama. The event will serve as an opportunity for children who are fighting for their lives to forget about cancer, feel like a normal kid, and just have FUN! There will be food (think cotton candy, popcorn, shaved ice), carnival-style games, face painting, special guests – including Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen – music, prizes, and more.

The event is open to children on-and off-therapy, and everything is free for these children and their families. 

Angel hopes to make the Carnival an annual event for kids fighting cancer, and hopes to start her own foundation dedicated to throwing parties and events for these kids. She is putting her AWB grant towards the rental facility fees, hiring Disney’s Anna and Elsa, and renting a bouncy castle. 

Feel inspired to help too? For event updates and more info, check out her Facebook page. Go, Angel! We’re rooting for you!

*UPDATE: The carnival was a tremendous success. Click here for photos!