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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

365 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

mfiguerola

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no words to express the amazing feeling we have after experiencing this trip. I watched a volunteer carry a child off the bus late at night after the mom had to go back to the hotel to rest. This volunteer loved, cared for and allowed this child to continue to have fun way into the evening at Magic Kingdom. This is the most self-less group of people I have EVER met in my life. I honestly cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have made these long lasting friendships knowing there are people going through exactly the same thing we are facing. God bless each of you at Inheritance of Hope including donors, staff, volunteers and families! We love each of you so much!!

Chandra_Goodman

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was invited to attend the Legacy Retreat in Orlando Florida. We were pretty excited about this trip for months and counting down the days constantly, but little did we know the how incredibly amazing it really was going to be. It exceeded our expectations 100% plus some! We were overwhelmed with the amount of love and service we received from each and every volunteer and also the other families attending the retreat. We were able to create new relationships with families that are going through the same struggles as we were. We laughed, we cried, we played, we rested, we learned and we loved. This experience was incredibly positive and uplifting spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. I want all families facing the loss of a parent to know about it so they can benefit it. We will never forget the memories we made there and all the inspiration we received while in their care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

IOH and its team of volunteers helped my family and I navigate the emotional challenges of my late stage cancer diagnosis. While my daughter is only 4 and unaware of my cancer, I will apply the tips and guidance received over the next few months to begin sharing information with her in small doses. Additionally, my husband and caregiver, learned so much from networking with other caregivers and counselors. Finally, I learned that living my life with intention and proactive planning is not a sign of giving up hope.

IOH is an amazing organization with a strong mission and vision for helping young families who are facing the loss of a parent.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love Inheritance of Hope!! It is a joy to be a part of such a wonderful organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope is an amazing organization! Everything was so organized and thought out. No stress on us. The counseling sessions were the most helpful and really opened my eyes to how others are also struggling with an illness. My child , age 12, always had a smile on her face and made a special connection with another girl her age. The volunteers were amazing and so very helpful. The fast passes and VIP treatments made the parks more enjoyable because we didn't have to wait in the long lines. When I applied for this experience I wondered what the catch was. There was no " catch" and I can only say positive things about our retreat. So many wonderful, caring people made this possible and I can't thank them enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having supported Inheritance of Hope's vision for years I was so excited to finally get to volunteer for one of their retreats. It exceeded my expectations in every way. The team at IOH had thought of every detail to make these 27 families comfortable. Every family left with a feeling of family, a support system and a legacy for their family. Every volunteer left with a full heart. Inheritance of Hope fills a very big need for families with an ill parent. Well done!!

Donor

Rating: 5

IOH has blessed us in so many way. It was so wonderful to be able to share stories with other families in the same situation. It made us feel that we were not alone with the feelings we have. And the volunteers were so awsome on doing everything they can to make our trip easier.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly focused on supporting and helping families. The tools we received and overall investment of time and love, have greatly eased our burdens. They took wonderful care of us, and can think of no other organization to support in the future. Young family focused, an area that is sorely lacking in the cancer community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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......

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Gina94

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Blake A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dena and I have found such a wonderful home with IOH. Seeing the impact this organization has on families is truly amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Gaby-Borjas T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great time and the staff and volunteers were amazing. This experience meant a lot to our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Azeza K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This retreat was life changing ,
We are eternally greatfullfor this opportunity!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Sincerely,
Melanie Dixon

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Grady B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group thinks of EVERYTHING! Many volunteers are cancer survivors themselves and most have been on retreats with their families also. It was a magnificent experience for my family. Children have their own groups to share how they feel with a group of their peers. Discussions are held with all, just the cancer patient, and the caregivers also have a group to discuss in as well. This group does it right!!!!

1 Nicole175

Client Served

Rating: 4

I'm a 38 yr old widowed mother or four beautiful children. My husband passed into Heaven in February of 2014 after complications from a major surgery after his terminal esophageal cancer. Two years before his death I was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Four years later I am again an anomaly as I am alive and fairly healthy. Legacy Retreats means the world to me because not only do they do so much for parents around the country but because they gave us time to not be sick but to have fun with our kids! No doctors! We got to be VIP's on a trip we would never have had the chance to take. I will treasure that sweet time forever!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inheritance if Hope's mission is uniquely designed for families with young children and a parent fighting life threatening illnesses. We continue to see God's healing work firsthand in all that they do. We are committed to volunteering with them as long as we are able.

Mark & Cheryl McCoy

Client Served

Rating: 5

In January of 2014, my husband John was diagnosed with ALS. Eight months later, my family attended a legacy retreat. Our boys were 10 and 4 at the time, and we were all excited about going to Disney World as a family. We had no idea the lasting impact the Inheritance of Hope team would have on us and how they would teach us about being intentional and enjoying our time together as we faced such a life-changing and difficult disease.

We were immediately blown away by their kindness and attention to detail. From park tickets and airport pick ups to personal volunteers and date night childcare, and everything in between, someone thought of it and was taking care of it for us, so that we could focus on making precious memories with our family. And as the mom and caregiver, I can't tell you enough what a gift it was to not have to plan, troubleshoot, and work so hard for once. Not only that, but we were able to connect with other families facing similar trials, to share our stories and our hearts, and to become family.

Our faith was also reinforced by Inheritance of Hope as they presented the gospel of Jesus to families as the source of their hope and explained the importance of leaving a legacy of faith for our children. But they don't discriminate. They don't judge or force. They simply serve every family with hearts full of compassion, gentleness and love.

I will always be grateful for the memories we made, the friendships we formed and the lessons we learned during our Legacy Retreat. (I am sorry it took me so long to post my review, but I understand it to be better late than never.)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly wish there was enough words on this planet to express what this has done for me and my family . I never expected what happened and Thank you Just does not cover how grateful me and my family are to have had our life touched by all the Wonderful p.p involved . I say they are Gods Angels here on earth doing his work . And I wish the p.p who donate can understand what we get out of this is truly priceless my family has been touch in a way that we needed and opened doors that we never saw closed so Thank you to All involved My God Bless You All - Chrissy

Sarah334

Client Served

Rating: 5

This amazing organization sent my children on I on a all expense paid trip to Orlando. It was absolutely incredible! I am recovering from a stem cell transplant due to a leukemia diagnosis, and this allowed my children to have fun, and forget their worries! The volunteers are amazing, and truely work so hard and go out of their way to make ur time special. Thank you Inheritance of Hope!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nothing but a GREAT experience from beginning to the end!!!!!! ALL of the IOH went out of their way to make you and everyone feel welcomed and loved!!!!!! Very organized and caring staff...nothing but positive things to say about IOH. Keep up the GREAT work!!!!!!

Regards,
RBA

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope is a wonderful organization. We couldn't have asked for anything better. They took care of every single detail. The best part was the actual counseling we got, the camaraderie and the friendships that were made will last a lifetime. Our volunteer Patrick was awesome. He helped us out so much. IoH will always be a part of our Family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The trip to Orlando that Inheritance of Hope provided my family was an experience that far exceeded my expectations. I was expecting to enjoy some fellowship with other families that are experiencing the same reality that our family is, but the counselors, staff and volunteers made this trip one that our family will never forget and cherish forever. Everyone took tremendous care of our family and made sure all details were taken care of so we could enjoy the trip. My family will always be grateful for the for this gift!

Andrew104

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great charity that does wonderful things for the children and parents where the family has been touched by a terminal illness. They have directly ministered to our family in an amazing way. I will most certainly be donating if I possibly can in the future to help another family receive the blessings that we did. The volunteers were awesome and this organization is meticulous with the details. All of this goes into making an unparalleled special experience that helps families create memories and legacies that will last a life time!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our fall retreat 2016 was a life changing experience for our family. It truly was an honor being a part of this organization and look forward to a lifelong relationship. The volunteers were the most giving, selfless and attentive people. We were overwhelmed with the kindness and understanding that each of us had with our situations. IOH is hands down the best organization in assistating families with the difficult events families are all faced with. We feel better prepared and supported after our experience and are forever grateful we had this opportunity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope is a truly amazing organization that gives legacies to families with a parent with a terminal illness. The staff and volunteers go way above and beyond to give truly life changing memories to the families served. We LOVE our Inheritance of Hope family!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Amanda. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma 2 years ago. Inheritance of Hope gave my the opportunity to build my legacy with my children. We had an amazing time is Disney World meeting new friends and family going through the same situation I am going through. I did not have a worry in the world the whole time we were down in Florida. Everything was perfectly organized. Even through a Hurricane!

4wheelers

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a life changing experience for my family, and soul. The team at IoH made us feel like royalty and we genuinely felt special. We didn't know exactly what to expect, we feared any type of counseling and being vulnerable. Within minutes of arriving at the retreat those fears and insecurities disappeared. Almost like a switch being flipped. I felt trust, love & most importantly, my family let their guard down and were able receive the gift given to us.

Our children bonded immediately with the other kids, which was good for my heart to witness. I find myself wishing we had more time to get to know the other parents. The thought and attention to detail for every person/family was top notch. We are blown away by this organization and what they "gave" back to my family, back to my heart, my dreams, and my intentions. Inheritance of Hope genuinely cares for the families they serve. We are forever thankful for being a part of the 2016 Orlando Retreat.

Jill22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Leaving a Lasting Legacy
www.inheritanceofhope.org

When my best friend died of terminal cancer at age 39 she left behind a husband and three young kids and an AMAZING LEGACY! When she was first diagnosed with terminal liver cancer on her 30th birthday, she and her husband, Deric, looked for an organization to help their family, especially their children, process this new reality. After learning that no such organization existed, they started Inheritance of Hope, a non-profit organization that serves families with a terminally-ill parent and young children under the age of 18. These families come together in Orlando or NYC for a Legacy Retreat where they make amazing family memories, take part in counseling, and gain tools to be intentional with their legacies. My family and I have been encouraged as hundreds of families have been served and changed because of this organization... now we give of our time and money to serve these families! I personally have chosen to work for this organization and donate all of my salary into serving more families. That is part of my legacy and that makes me so thankful! That is MyGivingStory!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be a part of Inheritance of Hope for the past 3 years. I have seen many families encouraged, loved and strengthened through this organization. These families all have young children and a parent with a life-threatening illness and often they are struggling. When they encounter Inheritance of Hope they encounter fun, joy, memories, community, counseling, and HOPE! I am so proud to be a part of such a worthwhile and tremendous organization!

Genya K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family attending the NYC Retreat in November 2015. The entire trip was flawlessly planned and overall an amazing and memorable experience for everyone. The volunteers were so kind and willing to lend a helping hand in any situation. It was nice to be able to connect with other families going through the same thing through the discussion groups. The activities were planned wonderfully and such that we did not have to worry about a thing. Everything was so family friendly and focused on providing us with the perfect NYC experience. Truly an amazing organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family had the opportunity to attend the legacy retreat in January 2016. Words are hard to describe the memories that were made and the friendships made and the HOPE that we know the LORD provides. All of the volunteers did an outstanding job. Our lives have changed and our JOY has been stronger due to Inheritance of Hope

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Spent 3.5 days in Orlando with 23 other families being treated to a Legacy Retreat from Inheritance of Hope! We were treated like royalty -- every detail was attended to -- meals, transportation and our own personal "paparazzi". Staff and Volunteers were just wonderful, supportive, caring and encouraging! We logged more than 3 miles each day -- laughed, cried, and made new friends and memories! I was humbled to be considered for this retreat; and I'm more humbled by the generosity and support we received.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Orlando Inheritance of Hope trip was an amazing experience. I am grateful for all the priceless memories we made. I am a single mom with stage 4 cancer and three teenage boys. I would not have been able to have such a great trip or memories with my boys without all of you at IOH!! Thanks so much to Deric, Jessica, Nate and everyone else who helped in putting on this awesome IOH trip. I was so blessed to be able to go on this retreat.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family was blessed to go on a retreat with IOH and it was outstanding! This organization thought of everything to make us feel welcome and took care of all of the details to make each day and event something we will never forget! We left feeling revived spiritually, emotionally and physically. Being able to share stories with families in similar situations was such a relief. It was awesome to hear from children who had survived the loss of a parent and the legacy they had left behind. We will never forget the experience and people we met on our trip and will always be thankful for the opportunity to attend.

Russell12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at 3 of the Legacy retreats and have helped in other ways. Every decision and every step that IOH takes is done with great thought and planning and done in a way to use its finances with the utmost care. The needs of the families are always paramount in the way decisions are made and the way IOH goes about its business.

It is a privilege to volunteer in such an organization and to serve these families.

Michael376

Client Served

Rating: 5

At first I thought this trip was too good to be true. I joked that I wouldn't believe it until I stepped foot on the plane. Well not only was it true, it was beyond my wildest expectations, and I can expect a lot! What really blew me away was the servant attitude of the volunteers. When people offer to carry your food trays for your children and they jump at your requests immediately and think of solutions before you know there was a problem, well, I think that is nothing short of grace beyond measure. I have to admit, that it was a little uncomfortable to receive so much help, at first, but it was humbling and so helpful, not only to me but to all the people there. It was such a shining example of hope and joy in the lives of people with extreme and desperate situations.

I hope that everyone with these types of circumstances can experience a Legacy Retreat. Words can barely describe how I feel about the whole thing. All I can say is if you have a chance to participate as a client, a donor, or volunteer then you should jump at the opportunity.

Blessings,
Michael

Nate M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My story with IOH began in 2014 when my family had the chance to experience a legacy retreat in Orlando.
My wife and four children were so welcomed by the IOH staff and volunteers we were overwhelmed by love and support. Amy my wife was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and pasted away in April of 2014. That retreat was the last time that my oldest son was able to experice life with his mom and even though he was in college IOH still found a way to get him there even having to reschedule his flight because of bad weather. This time together as a family will never leave my mind and how wonderful it was to receive the support and council that we needed at that time.
Well here it is 2016 now and I have had the opportunity to give back to other hurting families through this nonprofit organization. I have volunteered at three more retreats and have completely enjoyed serving and helping love on these other families that are hurting so badly in this time of life. I understand what it means to care for your spouse until she dies in your arms. IOH gave me the tools to help navigate through that time in my life and I will continue to help them serve and love others that are going through that time in their lives. Thanks IOH for all that you do and have done for me and my kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been through many tough days since my wife's cancer diagnosis but our recent experience with the Inheritence of Hope foundation has provided us with a new sense of hope and gratitude. The love and thoughtfulness that the organizers and volunteers showed us was nothing short of remarkable. To go to this retreat and have everyone doting on you, spoiling you, and doing everything in their power to show you a great time was amazing. The entire time we were there every minute of the trip was carefully planned out and filled with thoughtful little details to make you feel like their special guest. Many of the staff became involved because cancer has taken a loved one and I found myself in awe of their strength as they shared their stories. It takes a special person to dedicate the time and energy it takes to put on a retreat like this for people who are strangers to them. I forever greatful to the staff and donors for what you have done for my family and am thankful for having met such a kind group of people-you are the salt or th earth. From the bottom of my heart I want to say, thank you. -Bill Lanchantin

CarreyDewey

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was the recipient of the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat. As a mother of three young children and wife to a supportive husband, I was diagnosed with ALS a year and a half ago. I desperately needed something to help guide us down our inevitable path. I needed human connections from other parents that face similar situations as well as connections with families that have experienced the worst but come back on the other side and share their love with us. I needed tools to continue on as I leave behind my three children and spouse. Inheritance of Hope was the answer to my prayers. They serviced our family emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually and financially for the family Legacy Retreat. As a progressing mother with ALS my family is in need of different emotional supports but my family shares a desire to connect with others in a similar situation. Inheritance of Hope not only connected us, they gave us tools to move forward and what seems to be our darkest days. I am equally inspired by the circumstances and beginning of this amazing foundation, which in itself is a beautiful blessing.

After our family completed the Orlando January 2016 retreat, I returned home feeling inspired, hopeful and a little more at peace even though my fatal diagnosis has not changed. I am forever grateful to Inheritance of Hope for the gift that will continue on in our family long after I'm gone. Every family who receives a terminal fatal diagnosis deserves this experience. Thank you Inheritance of Hope for being a bright light that will continue to shine.
XO Carrey Dewey and family

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope is one of the most incredible organization's I have ever had the privilege of becoming associated with. As a wife and mother with stage iv metastatic breast cancer, time is of the essence for us. My family was chosen for an incredible Orlando vacation all expenses paid in the middle of January. I can attest leaving Wisconsin in January is gift enough, but the warmth and love shown to my family is hands down the most incredible take away one will receive. This organization does exactly what they say "Every family deserves a legacy". Provides families with the opportunity to digest all the different pieces of the diagnosis of a terminal illness. Figuring out where and what one might like their legacy to be is a bit overwhelming. This organizations gives you the tools you may need to begin this herculean effort. They also give your family memories of a lifetime!
Not only are the theme parks offered to families but every day age-appropriate group counseling is given to your kids by kind-hearted, loving people. In addition, patients and their spouses are also given an opportunity for daily group therapy as well. Meeting other families with similar struggles while being able to share with each other is incredible. For the first time since my diagnosis, I felt like I truly "belonged" somewhere. My kids felt a part of something so BIG, so UNIQUE, the lasting effect is difficult to even articulate. Now the some of the most kind-hearted, gentle, loving volunteers and staff. This organization is unbelievable. From the logistics of coordinating flights for 23 families to and from Orlando to a night out for kids and parents. All of this seamlessly executed like a fine symphony - well, it takes people who love what they are doing (almost all volunteers). It is amazing. I have never seen anything quite like it. Our family is forever changed by the kindness and love shown. But- also by the connections we made with other families. Watching Deric Milligan close out this retreat was an unbelievable gift. Milligan and his children are some of the most gracious, forgiving, peaceful people I have ever had the opportunity to meet. This organization will change your life and the lives of your kids and spouse. - - Kate Hackett Baer

Client Served

Rating: 5

We completed an unbelievable weekend in Orlando this weekend with Inheritance of Hope Ministry. We will tell you it was a source of encouragement and community we will never forget. At first we were all hesitant about going, but at the end of the weekend we were in a community that was so intentional and serving to us all.

Inheritance of Hope is an organization that has been a source of encouragement through this part of our journey.

Megan107

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have helped out as counselor on three Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreats so far and I am blown away each time by this organization. It is run so well, every detail is attended to, every family is served to the best of IOH's ability. There is so much love and compassion for the family members coming from staff and volunteers. It is truly amazing to witness. I feel so honored and privileged to be a part of it. What a gift Inheritance of Hope is to families who are suffering from terminal illness.

Jodie5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot convey how truly magical this entire experience was for all of us. What an amazing group of people that we were so blessed to meet and become family with...thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us make beautiful memories!

Christina121

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had such an amazing time on this trip. The volunteers were extremely helpful and every little detail was taken care of. Help was always just a volunteer away.

There was value for my children and for myself beyond a "vacation". My family left with a tool box full of tools to use to cope with the stresses specific to our situation.

In summary we had a magical time that helped us grow and created precious memories that will last. In short, a legacy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing journey for our family January 2016 in Orlando. The memories we made and friends we met were incredible! IOH is a truly remarkable organization and our family was given a bright light during some hard times. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was such great blessings for my family to attend the retreat in Orlando FL 1/15/16. Words cannot express how much we appreciate every moment of it. My husband was able to connect with others facing the same kind of sickness. We were able to cry together, laugh together, have fun together , Comfort each other and wipe each others tears. This retread has given us hopes and a great amount of tools to work with during this difficult time... We thank u from the deepest depths of our hearts..We will cherished every min of this retreat, It would never be possible without your generosity.. THANK YOU!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was so blessed to have the opportunity to attend a legacy retreat with inheritance of hope. As a wife & mother battling cancer it was an amazing experience to have this trip tailored to the unique needs of families facing similar struggles. This organization is equipping families to face the future with a plan about what matters most, leaving a legacy to the next generation, when so many circumstances have left them full of uncertainties. What an incredible gift to my children to be in the same room with other kids who immediately understand one another because they have had a sick parent too. My husband had the chance to connect with other care givers and I was blessed to meet so many wonderful folks who could relate with my own experience. The staff and volunteers of IOH were incredibly prepared, helpful, and eager to serve. We were in awe of our time with inheritance of hope!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was blessed with the opportunity to attend the NYC retreat in November of 2015. There is no adequate way to express what a wonderful family time this was for us - we laughed, cried, and had a multitude of memorable experiences which we will never forget. The volunteers and staff made this trip so uplifting and fun for us. We were loved and hugged, taken care of and photographed from beginning to end! We thank God for the blessing of such a sweet family time together. Thank you Inheritance of Hope!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was a recipient of the most recent retreat. It was a wonderful experience for our family and we will not forget the generosity of those that made this possible. The value of this retreat to our family can never be measured. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow! Words cannot express how touched and impressed and appreciative we are about the Inheritance of Hope retreat. It was the opportunity of a lifetime and a very welcome bright spot in the face of a life-threatening diagnosis that shook our whole family to the core!
EVERYONE we encountered (staff and volunteers alike) were unconditionally kind, helpful, and ready to meet our every need. Knowing there are other young families like ourselves facing the same struggles has helped us immeasurably. We are impressed and beyond grateful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were recently recipients of a fabulous retreat and trip with Inheritance of Hope. I knew the experience would be a wonderful one.....getting to meet other families that are facing similar issues as we are, the kids meeting new friends and knowing other kids feel the same as they do, and so on, but it all exceeded any thoughts that I had. The people, volunteers, board members and donators go above and beyond to help you make this experience one of a kind. They are there for EVERYTHING you need! We are so blessed to have been a part of this foundation and my daughter would really like to come back and volunteer after she turns 18 next year. It had a wonderful impact on the kids......and us too! Forever grateful, forever blessed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We really enjoyed our experience with IOH. All of the staff and volunteers really cared and wanted to do everything they could to help. Everything was taken care of and it was great to meet other families in similar situations. It was especially meaningful for us that our little one got to meet and make friends with other children going through the same struggles.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that provides hope and encouragement for families dealing with terminal illness. The organization is well run, very organized and focused on all the right things: the parent, the family and God. I was blessed to encounter this experience and be able to be a part of an amazing family of support to those who feel really alone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family attended the November 2015 retreat in New York City, and our experience was incredible. The detail and planning of our retreat was extremely impressive. But what impressed us most about the event was that Inheritance of Hope not only cares about the physical and emotional struggles of individual families--they also care about the spiritual struggles as well. Simply stated, this is a group of people that cares about souls. We are blessed to now be a part of the IOH family, and we will be forever grateful to them for allowing us to make some wonderful memories with our children.

The Jones family
Texas