Who was Mark Wandall? If you asked anyone who knew him well, they’d say he was compassionate, intelligent and charismatic. Above all though, he was a humanitarian dedicated to his family, friends and children. And though he was faced with a tragic passing, his wife made sure his kindheartedness for others lived on. With his love for children in mind, she began The Mark Wandall Foundation: A 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting grieving children who have lost a parent, sibling or guardian.
“We trust that we can transform a child’s broken spirit into a beautiful spark that will light the way to a happy, healthy and optimistic future,” says the foundation. Through their partnerships, local events, and unlimited amount of encouragement to those in need, they’ve been helping children make it through.
One important partnership that impacts the kids is Comfort Zone Camp. This annual camp brings together children who are experiencing similar losses. These grief summits aid to work with the children in tactful ways, while also allowing for fun in a positive environment.
Other partnerships include Children First of Sarasota, a funding program for facilitators to work with 3 and 4 year olds who experienced loss or separation; and College Scholarship Program, a resource aiding in financial help to kids applying for college.
Want to learn more about this powerful non-profit? Visit their website at themarkwandallfoundation.org.