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.
The Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat was a welcome chance to meet and talk with other families going through similar situations as well as trained counselors. The chance to create memories with our boys in NYC was truly amazing and special. I wish there was more down time to interact with the other families but understand that it is hard to balance ding group activities within the timeframe of the 3.5 days.
Inheritance of Hope far, far, far exceeds what we expect from a nonprofit organization. They have provided me and my family a tremendous amount of support in our most difficult of days, and continue to comfort us even to this day. We genuinely love this organization and are blessed to be part of the IoH family.
I appreciated this trip so much! When I was diagnosed with breast cancer so much fear and unknown hits you and your family. My husband urged us to not worry and turn it over to Jesus. Our children, son,8 and niece,10 were very upset. We discussed what might happen and explained how we had faith and all would work out. This helped them handle what may happen.
The trip was first class and tremendous for us all. IOH was very prepared, very generous, and organized so well that we could not think of anything that could have been done better. My husband and I have told many folks about IOH and have asked if they wanted to donate to a great organization, IOH was that.
I am so thankful that we were invited to participate in the trip as it made our children, my husband, and I realize so many people care for us during this time in my life.
Our family was referred to Inheritance of Hope after my glioblastina diagnosis. At the time it was gut wrenching even to think about qualifying. Then I was contacted by Christy and she explained what the organization does. One year later we were invited to the NYC retreat and have just returned. It was the most wonderful experience. Our family made so many amazing memories. We met so many other wonderful families and the kids bonded so quickly with others in their group. My husband and I were able to create a beautiful, funny and lasting legacy video for our children and families no matter what the future holds.
We went on the 2016 New York Legacy Retreat with Inheritance of Hope. It was a life-changing experience, and we left feeling like a part of a big family. My husband has been battling testicular cancer for four years, and it was such a gift to have time together as a family to relax and make amazing memories instead of worrying about cancer.
Their entire team of volunteers made sure every need and wish of ours was fulfilled. The time spent with the other families going through similar struggles was priceless. It was such a healing balm for our souls to be there with the entire group!
Dena and I have found such a wonderful home with IOH. Seeing the impact this organization has on families is truly amazing.
Don't know how to express my thanks to these people. They were so kind & selfless to my family. I have a terminal illness (thankful to God-that I'm outliving my prognosis!). IOH helped me create beautiful memories with my wife & son, that none of us will ever forget! They provided counseling from professionals & helped me record a legacy for my family (that I intend to watch with them!). ...Something I had tried to do on my own, & failed. We are financially okay. ...better than we could have expected; but we never could have afforded any of this with medical bills & endless hospital trips. So thankful for the big hearts God has placed in these kind people! Can't endorse them highly enough.