This group worked well together during a very busy time in Orlando last month. A new venue, crowded streets, transportation blips were handled with grace and the families that attended the Legacy Retreat were unaware of the struggles due to the efficiency and flexibility of the staff. The leadership this group exhibits is outstanding as they care for each and every member of the families in attendance. It is exciting to be a part of such a large, cohesive, thoughtful group with such an important common focus---which is to Inspire Hope......
I feel Inheritance of Hope is a valuable non profit because they dedicate all monies towards their retreats for families with young children who have a parent with a life-threatening illness. The counselors work with the parents and children to help them understand and discuss what they are feeling. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to help the families create memories that will last a lifetime. I have just finished my third retreat and I am already looking forward to the next time. I feel my time is well spent since the organisers have every minute well planned. This is a very worthwhile organisation.
We were very blessed by Inheritance of Hope! They chose our family along with others to be flown out to Orlando, Florida for a stress free completely organized and paid for-planned weekend of endless fun. From our original contact coordinator to the volunteer who helped our family during the weekend to the multitude of loving people who loved on us the entire weekend we felt cared for and important. It was a chance to meet other families experiencing the same thing our family was going through. Because of this Legacy retreat, we have met lifelong friends and created a lasting legacy memory for our family!
Volunteering for Inheritance of Hope has been one of the most enriching experiences. In 4 days you have a new relationship with multiple families that can endure a lifetime. Being a volunteer for IOH has given me new perspective on how we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus for these families.
As a parent diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer trying to establish as normal a life as possible for our two small children, Inheritance of Hope provided us a wonderful opportunity to create family memories in an unforgettable experience. We had the chance to attend a retreat and it was an experience we could not otherwise afford given our current medical expenses and it was a dream for our children. Volunteers and staff were remarkably compassionate and extremely kind, and my children often comment on how much they miss them since our retreat ended. It also gave both us and the children an opportunity to connect with families dealing with serious, life-threatening illnesses.
Inheritance of Hope contacted us after my wife had submitted our application because of her terminal brain cancer. They gave us a true gift by making us more aware of the opportunity to be more "intentional" with the remaining time that not only my wife has left but the realization that the time we all have is finite and that its never too early to share our thoughts and intentions with those we love. Being able to package our thoughts for future events our daughter will face and experience was emotional yet inspiring and even uplifting! Having the opportunity to share our experiences battling my wife's illness with the seven other couples was an extreme comfort, especially being able to commiserate with the other care giving spouses. Finally, having the tremendous support staff cater to our every need and whim (like having Angie ride the red rocket roller coaster with Jordan after I was dazed) was a great feeling and help.
As an initial member of the Board of Directors of Inheritance of Hope I have been privileged to witness the steady growth of our organization as we strive to inspire hope in young families facing the loss of a parent. Supporters of IOH can be assured that their funds are being used with the utmost care, most evident in the fact that the organization is built upon a foundation of volunteers. I have personally volunteered at over ten Legacy Retreats, in both New York City and Orlando. Each time I come away knowing that my life has been touched in the days spent with families from across the country. Often different in backgrounds and religious faiths, these families are united in their efforts to make sense of the challenges they are facing, and to use the time during the Legacy Retreat to form memories that will last a lifetime. One of the most encouraging signs that Inheritance of Hope is having a positive impact on families is the number of people who first encounter our organization as a participant in a Legacy Retreat, and then return as a volunteer to serve other families.
Those of us who work with Inheritance of Hope are pleased that we have now served some 350 families through our Legacy Retreats. At the same time we recognize that there are so many other families who could benefit from our services. We are determined to work even harder to grow the organization, not only through Legacy Retreats but also our Legacy Scholarships, publications, webinars, social media -- in short, as we strive to build ongoing communities of support for families with a terminally ill parent.
Inheritance of Hope was a answer to prayers for our family. My husband has been battling brain cancer for the past three years. We have been told to "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst", but how do you do that when you have young kids? The Inheritance of Hope Legacy retreat has helped us by giving us hope while also helping us prepare to leave a legacy for our kids. A few days after we returned from our retreat we learned my husband had a new tumor. Our kids, 8 and 10, where able to use the tools they learned in their sessions to help deal with their worried and fear. We were able to make memories as a families that our kids will be able to cherish forever. Inheritance of Hope has been a blessing for families like ours.
Facing a life threatening illness is tough, even devastating. Having an organization to help me, my husband, and our kids as we face this illness means that we are not alone- we have a community that helps us connect with others in a similar situation, gives us specific and practical tools, and even gives us opportunities to laugh and make memories along the way.