Together Forever: A Skyler Sanders Family Foundation held their first annual Skyler Jam on Thursday, Oct 24th at Hollister High School. The College of the Ozarks Men’s Basketball team defeated North Arkansas’ Team in the Exhibition game.
Skyler Jam was established to raise funds for the new non-profit organization. Game time was 7:00pm in the high school gymnasium and there was a silent auction in the commons area along with a LIVE Auction at halftime organized by Coach Al Waller, Athletic Director of College of the Ozarks. At the end of the night, over $8,800.00 was collected in support of Together Forever.
“We are truly grateful for the support from our community,” said Marcus Harmon, Chairman of Together Forever. “What a blessing it will be to create opportunities for young families to make precious memories.”
We would like to thank our event sponsors including: Al and Marty Waller, American Family Insurance, Big Cedar Lodge, Branson Airport, Branson Bank, ColdStone Creamery, College of the Ozarks, Dixie Stampede, Fat Daddy’s, Holiday Hills Golf Course, James Watson Fishing, Ledgestone Golf Course, Payne Stewart Golf Course, Ride The Ducks, Silver Dollar City, SIX, Springfield Symphony, State Park Marina, The Keeter Center, Tom Boyce Excavating, and Track Family Fun Parks.
Together Forever, a 501c3 organization (pending approval), was created in memory and in honor of Skyler Sanders. Skyler was born on March 11, 2002 and at the age of 6, he was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable brain tumor. Skyler battled cancer for 26 months and encouraged many with his courage, strength, and positive outlook on life. He told his parents daily, “You and me, Together Forever.”
Each day, young families across the world are given life-shattering news that they have cancer. The purpose of Together Forever is to create opportunities to make memories that last a lifetime by selecting qualified young families to receive an all-expense-paid vacation to the Branson Tri-Lakes area to give them a break from their normal lives of treatments, hospital, and doctor visits.