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Inheritance of Hope Inc

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PO Box 90 Pisgah Forest NC 28768 USA


To inspire hope in young families facing the loss of a parent.


We have planned and paid for families from 38 states to experience Legacy Retreats where they make lasting family memories and form supportive friendships with others who understand their situation.

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young families facing the loss of a parent.

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Legacy Retreats, 4 day all-expenses-paid experiences for families to make lifelong memories, build a community of support, and gain tools to help them manage the challenges they face.

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy

When my best friend died of terminal cancer at age 39 she left behind a husband and three young kids and an AMAZING LEGACY! When she was first diagnosed with terminal liver cancer on her 30th birthday, she and her husband, Deric, looked for an organization to help their family, especially their children, process this new reality. After learning that no such organization existed, they started Inheritance of Hope, a non-profit organization that serves families with a terminally-ill parent and young children under the age of 18. These families come together in Orlando or NYC for a Legacy Retreat where they make amazing family memories, take part in counseling, and gain tools to be intentional with their legacies. My family and I have been encouraged as hundreds of families have been served and changed because of this organization... now we give of our time and money to serve these families! I personally have chosen to work for this organization and donate all of my salary into serving more families. That is part of my legacy and that makes me so thankful! That is MyGivingStory!

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I have been blessed to be a part of Inheritance of Hope for the past 3 years. I have seen many families encouraged, loved and strengthened through this organization. These families all have young children and a parent with a life-threatening illness and often they are struggling. When they encounter Inheritance of Hope they encounter fun, joy, memories, community, counseling, and HOPE! I am so proud to be a part of such a worthwhile and tremendous organization!

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My family attending the NYC Retreat in November 2015. The entire trip was flawlessly planned and overall an amazing and memorable experience for everyone. The volunteers were so kind and willing to lend a helping hand in any situation. It was nice to be able to connect with other families going through the same thing through the discussion groups. The activities were planned wonderfully and such that we did not have to worry about a thing. Everything was so family friendly and focused on providing us with the perfect NYC experience. Truly an amazing organization.

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Our family had the opportunity to attend the legacy retreat in January 2016. Words are hard to describe the memories that were made and the friendships made and the HOPE that we know the LORD provides. All of the volunteers did an outstanding job. Our lives have changed and our JOY has been stronger due to Inheritance of Hope

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Spent 3.5 days in Orlando with 23 other families being treated to a Legacy Retreat from Inheritance of Hope! We were treated like royalty -- every detail was attended to -- meals, transportation and our own personal "paparazzi". Staff and Volunteers were just wonderful, supportive, caring and encouraging! We logged more than 3 miles each day -- laughed, cried, and made new friends and memories! I was humbled to be considered for this retreat; and I'm more humbled by the generosity and support we received.

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The Orlando Inheritance of Hope trip was an amazing experience. I am grateful for all the priceless memories we made. I am a single mom with stage 4 cancer and three teenage boys. I would not have been able to have such a great trip or memories with my boys without all of you at IOH!! Thanks so much to Deric, Jessica, Nate and everyone else who helped in putting on this awesome IOH trip. I was so blessed to be able to go on this retreat.

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My family was blessed to go on a retreat with IOH and it was outstanding! This organization thought of everything to make us feel welcome and took care of all of the details to make each day and event something we will never forget! We left feeling revived spiritually, emotionally and physically. Being able to share stories with families in similar situations was such a relief. It was awesome to hear from children who had survived the loss of a parent and the legacy they had left behind. We will never forget the experience and people we met on our trip and will always be thankful for the opportunity to attend.

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I have volunteered at 3 of the Legacy retreats and have helped in other ways. Every decision and every step that IOH takes is done with great thought and planning and done in a way to use its finances with the utmost care. The needs of the families are always paramount in the way decisions are made and the way IOH goes about its business.

It is a privilege to volunteer in such an organization and to serve these families.

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At first I thought this trip was too good to be true. I joked that I wouldn't believe it until I stepped foot on the plane. Well not only was it true, it was beyond my wildest expectations, and I can expect a lot! What really blew me away was the servant attitude of the volunteers. When people offer to carry your food trays for your children and they jump at your requests immediately and think of solutions before you know there was a problem, well, I think that is nothing short of grace beyond measure. I have to admit, that it was a little uncomfortable to receive so much help, at first, but it was humbling and so helpful, not only to me but to all the people there. It was such a shining example of hope and joy in the lives of people with extreme and desperate situations.

I hope that everyone with these types of circumstances can experience a Legacy Retreat. Words can barely describe how I feel about the whole thing. All I can say is if you have a chance to participate as a client, a donor, or volunteer then you should jump at the opportunity.


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My story with IOH began in 2014 when my family had the chance to experience a legacy retreat in Orlando.
My wife and four children were so welcomed by the IOH staff and volunteers we were overwhelmed by love and support. Amy my wife was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and pasted away in April of 2014. That retreat was the last time that my oldest son was able to experice life with his mom and even though he was in college IOH still found a way to get him there even having to reschedule his flight because of bad weather. This time together as a family will never leave my mind and how wonderful it was to receive the support and council that we needed at that time.
Well here it is 2016 now and I have had the opportunity to give back to other hurting families through this nonprofit organization. I have volunteered at three more retreats and have completely enjoyed serving and helping love on these other families that are hurting so badly in this time of life. I understand what it means to care for your spouse until she dies in your arms. IOH gave me the tools to help navigate through that time in my life and I will continue to help them serve and love others that are going through that time in their lives. Thanks IOH for all that you do and have done for me and my kids.

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My family has been through many tough days since my wife's cancer diagnosis but our recent experience with the Inheritence of Hope foundation has provided us with a new sense of hope and gratitude. The love and thoughtfulness that the organizers and volunteers showed us was nothing short of remarkable. To go to this retreat and have everyone doting on you, spoiling you, and doing everything in their power to show you a great time was amazing. The entire time we were there every minute of the trip was carefully planned out and filled with thoughtful little details to make you feel like their special guest. Many of the staff became involved because cancer has taken a loved one and I found myself in awe of their strength as they shared their stories. It takes a special person to dedicate the time and energy it takes to put on a retreat like this for people who are strangers to them. I forever greatful to the staff and donors for what you have done for my family and am thankful for having met such a kind group of people-you are the salt or th earth. From the bottom of my heart I want to say, thank you. -Bill Lanchantin

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