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Inheritance of Hope

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Human Services

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

Results: Families from 44 states have experienced a life-changing Legacy Retreat, an all-expenses-paid experience where families make lifelong memories and receive the tools to navigate the challenges of terminal illness.

Target demographics: young families facing the loss of a parent.

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: Legacy Retreats, 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.

Community Stories

340 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tessa Musillami M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was served by Inheritance Of Hope in April 2019. This is a top-notch organization. Their volunteers were incredible and I am missing them dearly. IOH provided our family with community, legacy tools, and precious memories. We are so appreciative for IOH. We plan to volunteer for them in the future and spread the hope.

Sean D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing trip for our family, amazing people who coordinated absolutely everything for us every step of the way! Memories were made that will last our lifetime and IOH went out of their way to make sure of that.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to thank all inheritance of hope family , for all kindness and all the good memories that they made me and my family! And as if they were emptying some burdens of my shoulders.
Thank you Deric again for all your support.

Best,
Marjan, David, Evan

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently IOH took our family with them to Orlando for an all inclusive trip to universal studios and sea world. There were about 35 families who are dealing with terminal cancer. Each of these families have children who are under the age of 18. The weekend was about coming together and discussing how to prepare for the loss of your loved one. Adults were in small group sessions and the children were in a large group. Even though it is a hard topic to talk about, there were professional counselors and volunteers who knew how to moderate the discussions to be beneficial and less awkward. There were professional photographers who took many wonderful pictures. There was even a video session where we were able to film a message for our son, which was a great experience.
We were cared for and the foundation was always very compassionate.
We definitely are very grateful to have been served by this wonderful foundation.
Nina and Mark Lukenich

Angie S.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an experience!!! Honestly, hands down, the BEST experience of my life (and I've had some pretty great times!). I don't even know if I can put into words how amazing it was, but I will try.

IOH is an organization that provides all expenses paid "vacations" to families with children facing the loss of a parent. Ours was in Orlando and we went to Universal, Islands of Adventure, and Sea World. Each child & family has a volunteer that is with them, I cannot explain how wonderful that is. Our volunteer Meredith was amazing. She connected with our family immediately! She happily took care of everything for us from being with our daughter to carrying our bags to arranging early busses when I was completely wiped out to capturing precious family memories for us so we could stay "in the moment". Basically all we had to do was just be and enjoy ourselves. God knows we needed that!

"Vacation" does not begin to describe our experience. Everyone at IOH is now family and I honestly feel that in my heart. We spent each morning in our couples group while Lex & Meredith were in their kid group. We shared "our story" with our group and we all connected immediately as we quickly realized we were not alone in our struggles & fears. I still can't believe this but my husband participated just as much as I did!!! We shared laughs and hugs and tears and fears that some of us haven't said aloud let alone to anyone. While I am still in the same situation as I was before in that I have a terminal illness, I feel so much more at peace than I was before. IOH gave us so incredibly much more than a "vacation". They gave us connections to others and we can help each other through this in a way that others just can't do. They gave us tools and ideas for things we can do now to keep us connected to our families long after we're gone. I had the opportunity to make a professional grade Legacy video for my kids that I know will help them heal should something happen to me. And that is just the beginning of what I'll be able to leave for them to help them whenever they need to feel their mommy's love. For that alone I am eternally grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was the best experience of my life! My family and I are so very grateful to the Inheritance of Hope organization for this amazing opportunity. We were able to connect with other families going through similar trials. The counselors and volunteers helped tremendously. This was definitely a life-changing experience that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. We made memories and learned how to leave a legacy. I hope my family will be able to serve other families during future retreats and pay it forward.

Aisha T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was one of the best week's of our family life! We will be forever grateful for the memories created here. We had extraordinary support from the moment our application was accepted until the moment we got home from the trip! They just loved on us and made our family a part of the IoH family! They filled our hearts with joy, inspiration, and love! My three children will forever have the keepsakes of this retreat and know that no matter what happens with their dad's health, they are loved by so many people and are a part of a legacy bigger than themselves! I would recommend this trip to any family going through the journey of having a parent with a terminal illness. Each member of the family is lovingly spoiled and cared for!

Maria Gell

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope at Orlando was the most amazing experience that gave me the opportunity to meet and share my story with other people that are going through the same situation. All the staff treated us with kindness, patience, and generosity. Their commitment is truly heart-warming. It’s great to know that people other than you care about the times you’re going through and share the same pain. We’re so grateful to be included in the big family of IoH!

Rebekah C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I had the privilege to attend an Inheritance of Hope retreat this past February. It was an absolutely Amazing experience!!!
We could hardly believe that this retreat was going to be everything they claimed it would be. We were excited and nervous waiting to go on the trip, unsure of how it would go. A little concerned I wouldn't be able to manage so much activity.
There was no reason for concern or reservations. It was So Much More than we could've dreamed it would be!
From the moment we met our volunteers we were so well taken care of. They were so sweet and really made us feel at ease.
I was worried my 3 year old would have separation anxiety and get upset about being with a stranger. But as soon as he met Tony, one of our volunteers, he was instantly attached and happy to go along with him. Even started calling him pawpaw (grandpa).
Tony and Kara went above and beyond any expectation we had.
I needed to use a wheelchair through most of the parks. They pushed me without complaint or even letting on how tired they Must have been.
They were fun, kind, and so patient with our family.
The retreat made dreams come true. We got experiences and memories as a family, that we never thought we'd get a chance to do. An incredible blessing! We'll forever be thankful.
When they say welcome to the IOH family, its not just a phrase that’s thrown out. They truly mean what they say.
We did gain family. The hardest part was saying goodbye to these people we just met, but fell completely in love with.
I want to give special thanks to Tony, Kara, Anette, Betsy, Sheena, and Tom. They all played a part of making this trip extra special. All took a piece of our hearts.
A huge Thank You to Kendra Scott for your support by partnering with IOH. You are so sweet and down to Earth. Love your hugs! And that extra touch of care from you and your team.
The biggest Thank You to Derrick Milligan and everyone at IOH for the amazing, inspiring work you do to support families like mine. Thank you doesn't even seem like enough. Through all of you, prayers were answered, dreams came true, and priceless memories were made. And we're just 1 family served.
I would urge any family who qualifies to apply, and take advantage of this opportunity. You won't regret it!
And anyone who is able to give, and looking for the right organization to support, This Is It!!

2 Rosa Novello H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. We felt so cared for during our retreat. It was more then we could have ever expected. The kindness and generosity that was shown to us by the organizers and the volunteers was beyond amazing. Our Legacy Retreat with IOH was life changing.

Dawn Leslie J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everything in the universe came together perfectly for me to find Inheritance of Hope, be able to attend the retreat, meet some of the best people ever, and now continue those friendships. This amazing program allowed me and my children to make some awesome memories that we would have never been able to otherwise. It meant so much to me to be able to interact with others that knew exactly what I’m going through and my kiddos were able to learn some coping skills and have a lot of fun doing so. We were cared for and made to feel special and it was a breath of fresh air to have four marvelous days of not having to worry about anything!! Inheritance of Hope has inspired me to want to do more and help others be able to experience this same joy! Thank you a million times IoH!!!!

1 Amy H.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn’t say enough amazing things about this wonderful organization! Inheritance of Hope has one mission: to help children with a parent undergoing terminal illness. This is done beautifully. They are remarkable in that their volunteers are the most kind, caring, patient, genuine, giving people I have ever met. The wonderfully planned, intentional activities helped all of us. The day to day love and support and were pure examples of unconditional love. My family had never experienced such selflessness and love while we were served on our retreat in Orlando. It allowed my family to rebuild itself, gain tools, and aid in the process of living with MBC all the while supporting me and building my legacy. I am more at peace now. My husband, our son and myself made life long friendships with other families. We laughed harder than we ever have before and our lives have changed drastically for the better, thanks to our retreat with IOH! Everlasting memories were made that my son (and family) can hold onto forever! Thank you so very much, IOH for giving us the experience of a lifetime! We love all of you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best experiences in my life was going to Orlando through the Legacy of Hope. They took car of Everything from the minute my family of 9 got of the airplane! It was so nice to be pampered and watch my children’s faces as they did all the amazing activities. It was priceless to meet other families in similar situations to us.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful experience with a truly amazing organization! My family and I can’t thank I.O.H enough for everything they did, bringing familes together and creating life long bonds and friendships! The Volunteers are the best in world! Doing everything they can so that the familes could really relax and cherish each and every moment! Their love for us showed in everything they did! We love you so much and are so blessed to be apart of this family!

TashaDiva G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This trip was amazing for my family and it was our very first trip as a family without anyone missing. The generosity was overwhelming. My children felt safe and secure with the volunteers that was provided to us. The hospitality that CEO Deric and his wife gave to us as my families personal volunteers was above and beyond anything i could've asked for. They both along with their staff of volunteers were exceptional! I'll never forget this day! Since I've been home I've told so many people about this experience even strangers i meet on the street. The way my children's faces stayed lit up with innocence and smiles was priceless i haven't seen them this happy in years! Thank you guys for such an amazing time.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This trip was absolutely amazing for our family , it was so bittersweet when it ended and when we had to say goodbye to the many new faces we met . Our volunteers are part of of family now as well as all of IOH ! We cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us , in allowing us to make lasting memories and a legacy !

1 Michelle S.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to put a rate this experience our family had on the February Orlando retreat! There are no words to describe it! Other than Magical lifelong memories were made, and will never be forgotten! It still feels like it was all a dream! If you have the opportunity to take on or just volunteer, to get involved in one of these retreats DO IT!! Don't even think about it! Just go for it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

IoH is an amazing organization. We have always been a close family but I think it brought our family even closer. The activities that we did together and the love that was shown upon us was more than we could have asked for. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to be served by IoH and all of the wonderful volunteers that gave up their time to make sure you had the best experience ever! Thank you so much Deric and IoH for all that you do!

1 Ann Gottbrath C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope exceeded every expectation we had. With two teenagers in tow, we weren't sure how they would respond to the IoH but they loved it. From the moment we met our liaison at the airport, they were smitten. It was refreshing to see them interact and bond with others who have similar challenges. And, the opportunity to spend time together as a family, with minimal stress was such a respite from reality. Finally, it was great to be in an environment where others felt comfortable and confident discussing their faith. It was refreshing to be honest with my feelings and my faith. Thank you!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope is an amazing organization. They provided my family with a trip to NYC and helped us become part of them. They showed me the importance of family and having a legacy for my son. I would recommend them to any family that is dealing with a terminal disease.