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Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Cancer


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.

Target demographics:

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I was blessed to be picked for an Inheritance of hope legacy retreat. Our experience was something that words can not explain. From the day that our family arrived, until the day that we left and beyond, they were caring, loving, hard working volunteers. We went to an Orlando retreat which included magic kingdom, universal studios, and sea world. My husband could not stay for the day at magic kingdom because of the heat, so the volunteers stayed with our three kids, who will never get the chance to go back. They got to experience something that we have always wanted them to experience thanks to IOH. The retreat starts with great surprises and ends with great surprises. sure there are some counseling sessions but you are NOT required to speak if you don't want to. The counseling is only for two hours out of your day and it really does help if you have a lot on your mind. We now have connections with people who are always going to be on our side. This is an amazing experience that I wish we could do over a hundred times.

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Rating: 5 stars  

IOH is one of the best rune non-profits that I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with. Their Legacy Retreats are amazing experiences for families facing the loss of a parent. They provide resources that are not available anywhere else. The staff and volunteers are all dedicated, kind and caring individuals. They far exceeded our expectations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you for making my daughters' birthdays (sweet 16 and precious 12) the most special birthdays ever! It makes me feel better to see those smiles returned to their beautiful faces!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I were blessed to be an IOH's Legacy Retreat recipient, attending their May 2015 Orlando Retreat. We had an AMAZING time. The volunteers were wonderful -- seeing to our every need, oftentimes before we even knew we were needing it! Many close connections were made -- we all have many new friends, people who know exactly what we are experiencing because they are in a similar place themselves.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Absolutely awesome! If anyone has money to spare this is where to donate. The whole organization, all the volunteers and all the families they are helping is just amazing. Finding out I had cancer was scary, to say the least, this group really gives 200percent to helping families like mine deal with this life threatening illness. I cannot say enough about how caring and helpful this group has been for me and my family, it is like we have all become truly part of a bigger family.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Once again one of the most if not the most amazing experiences in my life. Such a wonderful community was built and lasting friendships were made. Even with the growth of this retreat it still had the same feel as with fewer families. Personal connections were made between everyone. Also all the little details were covered. IOH thought of everything that could have happened and were prepared for it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

AMAZING once again!! This was my 4th retreat to volunteer for and the IOH TEAM never forgets one detail it seems, if they do Id never know it.
I love the passion, love and devotion IOH shows, all the Smiles on the Families faces is worth every moment of my sore feet and lack of sleep.. LOL
Id serve every month if it was possible.
Way to go IOH your amazing and Kristen and Deric started all of this Joy by listening to Gods calling...
Thank you

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Rating: 5 stars  

We just got back from our Legacy Retreat experience. I don't want to be obnoxious, but I did rave-blog about it here: http://www.elisebarrett.com/2015/05/inheritance-of-hope-our-legacy-retreat/. It was simply amazing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We attended the May 2015 Orlando retreat and It far exceeded anything we imagined !! Everything was planned for us , the volunteers and staff were amazing and helpful in every way possible.. Our 10 year son was especially struggling the last couple years with anger issues over his dads cancer and no one was able to get him to open up. After one morning of group activity/counseling sessions he opened up and started asking questions and talking to us about his dads cancer! What a blessing and an answer to our prayers.. We were also able to connect to people our own age in similar situations which had never happened before and we all came home with a wonderful feeling of not being along and being able to cope better!! Absolutely nothing but wonderful memories from the time we arrived!! Wonderful retreat and a answer to our prayers. We were treated like royalty the entire trip :)

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Rating: 5 stars  

How can you say anything bad about a free trip that allows you to make cherished memories with your loved ones? These people are special and our trip was so amazing we plan to volunteer in the future. All of the fun planned stuff is great, but for us getting to know the other families was the best part. Whatever your fears are about going with a bunch of strangers, put them aside. It's so worth it. It's the first time you won't feel like the only sick one in a room and your kids will have a blast! I'm so thankful for our trip with IOH.

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