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Unity a Journey of Hope

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239 Town Country Rd % John A Robinson Vanderbilt PA 15486 USA

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We at Unity, A Journey of Hope have built a strong foundation from our Southwestern Pennsylvania roots and growing our Non-Profit Organization to granting over 100 wishes to date. Unity, A Journey of Hope Created in the spring of 2007 and has since become a non-profit, tax-exempt, public charity. Unity, A Journey of hope presently services: Southwestern Pennsylvania, the greater Pittsburgh and surrounding tri-state areas. Founded in Vanderbilt, PA., Fayette County. built circa 1854, known to neighbors as "The Unity School." Following a life-time dream John & Bobbi remodeled their home in 2001 In August of 2007 Bobbi & John decided to create a non-profit that grants wishes not only to Johns patients but they extended their hands to the surrounding community in order to grant wishes. This endeavor has proven to be a true blessing to the Robinson's. , Johns hospice work was a stepping stone to what is now named "Unity, A Journey of Hope." Granting wishes to adults with life-limiting illnesses. Unity from its humble beginnings has grown into a national wish granting organization. Within this past year their hands have indeed stretched far beyond their local community granting wishes in Houston Texas, Denver Colorado, New Jersey, and Chicago Illinois as well as the greater Pittsburgh area. Unity's reach is not limited. Unity has "Operation Christmas Wish" where Unity gives the spirit of Christmas to families, whose parent has a life-limiting illness and cannot afford Christmas. Unity also "Adopts a Veteran" each year to say "Thanks for your service." Unity also leases out Durable Medical Equipment to people who may fall through the cracks and have needs that insurance can't help with. So won't you please consider helping unity grow, become a volunteer, volunteer your expertise, donate, get involved in making Unity a premier wish granting organization and like our motto states, with YOU and UNITY we will... "Change one life, one wish at a time..." To "Change One Life, One Wish at a Time" Unity grants wishes to adults 18 years of age and older with life-limiting illnesses.

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1 person found this review helpful

My family and I were blessed by the kindness and selflessness of Bobbi and John Robinson with Unity when our dog went missing in Uniontown, PA. They are such a wonderful couple with a wonderful charity, full of love and light, looking to help make others lives better and more fulfilling.

 
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Our mother has passed away but Unity granted her last wish of having all her kids together for one last meal. Unity provided a beautiful meal and we shared it together in her honor. Thank you unity for loving our mother and for supporting her.

 
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Unity provides my daughter Stacey with her wish to meet race car driver Kasey Kahne.I had been trying to make this happen for her without any luck.Contacted John at Unity one evening,he got right on it.Within 2 days he had it all set up for my daughter! I was in tears When I received the call saying when and where the meeting would take place.Just let me say as a mother of a daughter who wanted this so badly ,Unity made this happen for her.Seeing the smile on her face when Kasey came out will stay in my heart forever.There are no non profits out there that make wishes come true for adults but Unity does and John never stop till he makes it happen.This group is like no other the way Grant wishes to adults who also deserve their wish to come true as well.Thank you John at Unity for putting a smile on my daughter's face something I hadn't seen along while.You all ROCK.God Bless!

 
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How do you put into words the gratefulness you feel when God places selfless, wonderful people in your life?
John and Bobbi Robinson are exactly that.
I have been battling cancer for three years now. My children were aged 7 and 11 when I got diagnosed and have seen things and worried about things a child should never have to.
My condition was so bad that I couldn't even have physical closeness with them for over a year.
John heard about my story and contacted me. He and his wife worked tirelessly until they were able to send my family away from all things cancer for awhile.
It rejuvenated us and reminded us what life feels like besides cancer.
They have been great friends and have talked me through some rough things.
I will be forever grateful for the smiles and laughter placed on my families faces, I haven't seen that carefree look in a long time!
If you are able to donate to this organization can personally attest that they will make s difference in someone's life.
They certainly have in mine !

 
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Unity may be changing lives one wish at a time but they have changed my life more than you can imagine by letting me volunteer to help make these wishes come true. These people have the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever known!

 
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In 2014 we found out my husband who was only 34 at the time has congestive heart failure that his heart was only working 10%. We were devastated! He coded twice and was on life support we didn't know if he would come back to us or not and by the blessing of God he did. He than got the LVAD (left ventricular assist device) that helps pump the blood flow to his heart and was put on the heart transplant list. We just took it day by day and never knew what would come our way. He has always wanted to take me and our children to the beach since he has never been there and our children who are 4 and 6 also never been there. But when he got sick he is not able to work again at least not until he gets his new heart and then there after we really don't know if he will be able to, its just a hope and a pray, so we thought our chances to take a family vacation to the beach was gone. Until one day Unity a Journey of Hope came into our lives and changed it so much. They made that dream come true for us. They blessed us with a weeks vacation to Ocean City Maryland to have that vacation and that dream that we thought we would never be able to have. We are so thankful to Bobbi and John and every single person that helped make it a dream come true for us. The memories we made, the time we got to spend together and show our babies the beach and the ocean and do all the fun exciting things we were able to do was priceless. I can not thank them enough for what they have done for my family its something we thought we would not be able to do being my husband is sick but now we did and we have those memories forever that will last a lifetime!! My husband is also a big fan of Chuck Norris and when we met Bobbi and John they surprised my husband with an picture of Chuck Norris and he had wrote a note on there to my husband. When Will opened that and seen it he was so shocked and happy and never thought he would get something like that from one of his idols. My husband doesn't cry or tear up much but that day he did and to see that made me so emotional and happy for him.. Because of Unity A Journey of Hope this amazing blessing happened to my family and if it was not for them we may never got to experience and see everything we did and have the memories we now have! They touched our hearts and we are forever grateful for them!!! From The Robison's

 
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I would like to thank John and Bobbi for the compassion you have to go out of your way.To grant wishes to people. How awesome is that. My Husband Andy Kubiak had Gliobastoma brain cancer. And his wish was to see Jerome Bettis. And to be on his Show. You two made that wish come true. When we got the call that we were going to go watch the show Andy was very excited. When we arrived at the station John was there waiting for us. It was time to meet Jerome. the look on Andy's face was priceless. Andy got to spend sometime with Jerome he let him try the superbowl ring on . What a nice guy. After the show started Jerome spoke of Andy like a friend throughout the tapping. Then we got to go to Jerome's grill and we ate in his private room. The food was amazing. For one night through this terrible battle with cancer.we got to enjoy ourselves without thinking about it for one night. Cannot Thank you enough for everything. God bless.

 
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My brother Andy Kubiak has glioblastoma stage IV Brain cancer and John & Bobbi has gone out of their way to plan an extra special meeting with Jerome Bettis and be part of the tapping of his show. After spending time with Andy and signing autographs all of us enjoyed a meal at Jerome Bettis Grille #36. Such a great and memorable day! Felt wonderful to see my brothers smile like we haven't seen in months. This experience helped him forget about his cancer if only but a short time. Would highly recommend this origination and ask for donations and/or volunteers so as to carry this hope and dreams on to others!
(copy and paste link below, you will be impressed)
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/steelers-fan-terminal-brain-cancer-meets-his-idol-/nptZS/

 
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This was a review sent to me John Robinson from a medical Social worker about a patient she has and UNITY granted a wish for....

I am a pediatric oncology social worker. One of my "kids" had recently relapsed at the age of 19. Most wish foundations allow wishes up to the age of 18. My young adult was understandably upset by the news, She is a sophomore in college and was unable to return to school. She had committed to 18 months of missionary work and, due to the relapse, was unable to meet her commitment. Her world, along with the family's world, had crashed around them. This news put me on a mission to find an organization who could grant her the wish of an iPad mini. She said it would allow her to keep in touch with her friends at school, read books on line and communicate with her family, during times when she could not leave her home.

When I read about "Unity A Journey of Hope", I immediately sent in a referral. John Robinson contacted me through email, requesting more information. John was very clear with stating the foundation could not guarantee to grant the wish but he would do his best. Several weeks later I received the email stating the wish had been granted. I am not sure who was more excited, John or me. I promised not to tell the family so it would be a surprise.

The next time I saw my family, the recipient was just smiling from ear to ear; something I had not seen since she began treatment. Mom was just as excited.

I would like to thank your wonderful foundation for being so generous, not only to my family, but to all the families you touch. I wish there were words to describe how much our families appreciate the gifts but, the wonderful by-product of it all, is the parents finally seeing their child smile again. It is just priceless.

Wishing all the best to everyone involved with "Unity A Journey of Hope".



Have a great day!

 
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I am John the Co-Founder of UNITY. Recently we have been seeking grants and support. A lot of corporation want to see outcomes and goals that produce something material or tangible that you can see, feel, smell, touch. With Unity we may not be able too fill those shoes but, when a wish recipient says to me, " I forgot I had cancer today" or " I did not think I would see my husband ever smile again" or after Unity granted a wish to a 94 year old lady she said to me, " I have been on hospice waiting to die, but because of the wish I can't wait to live!" UNITY A JOURNEY OF HOPE, "Changing lives 1 wish at a time..." This is what UNITY is about and IF you want to make a difference come join our PASSION!

 
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Unity has existed now for 5 1/2 years changing lives along the way. Giving HOPE when hope is ripped away by a life-limiting illness. Unity changes the focus and helps create memories that transcend time.
Wishes that include family are my favorites. Seeing families bond, laugh, smile and realize even if for a
minute or a day that LIFE is worth living and they all get to share. Do I wish Unity was bigger...YES...
Do I wish Unity has a million dollars...YES... Do I wish for corporate sponsorship...YES... UNITY is truly blessed in more ways than one and my 3 wishes in no way are a measure of success, because each wish we do DOES change lives, creates memories and creates a purpose. Is UNITY a SUCCESS...YES... and wont you join UNITY and help us "Change lives, 1 wish at a time..."

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Unity grants wishes to adults w/a life-limiting illness. They are small but the wishes they grant are life-changing. They give HOPE when hope is ripped away by such an illness. Changing the focus is what Unity does. They are a great organization and accountable. I would donate to them ipo a HUGE national charity.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Unity grants wishes to adults w/a life-limiting illness. UNITY not only grants the wish but Unity also changes the FOCUS off of the dis-ease to the wish. UNITY gives HOPE where none is an option. UNITY gives people the inner strength to persevere in the eyes of adversity. UNITY also grants wishes to veterans, Unity also has Operation Christmas Wish, and Unity also leases for FREE Medical Equipment for people to use. I love the joy it brings. Write a review, view the website and share the joy!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by going on wishes that were granted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help in the IT dept, PR dept so it can grow!

 
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My name is Megan and I am 19 years old. When I was 13 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymophoblastic Leukemia. I went through treatment and then four years later I relapsed. This has been a difficult time for me and Unity A Journey of Hope was so kind to grant my wish of receiving an iPad mini. I wanted one so that I could watch movies, read eBooks, and play games on it while I was at clinic getting treatments and for at home to distract me when I'm not feeling well. They have been so kind and I am extremely grateful for the gift they sent me!

 
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