I was recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer with mets to my liver and spine. I have a wonderful husband that i have been married to for 3 years. I have a 9 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. For the first time in my life, i felt truly settled until we received the diagnosis. We just moved into a house, we had paid down a lot of our debt. Chemo debilitated me to the point that i had to quit work. For the first time in my life, i couldn't pay all the bills! My emotions were up and down. This spring i decided to join a support group. Turned out my group leader also worked for inheritance of hope! She told me about the organization and we applied for a legacy retreat. We were accepted! I can only try to tell you what a blessing this retreat was for my family. It was the first time i have gotten to see my kids look of wonder when they saw Disney, etc. I will never forget their faces. The people who work for inheritance of hope and the many volunteers work so hard behind the scenes to make it a fun, relaxing, but also emotionally intense experience. We got to meet some wonderful families. I will never forget all of their faces. Some of my favorite times were with the group sessions. I love hearing other people's stories. I would highly recommend a legacy retreat to anyone. I know when you are sick it's hard to imagine going on such a big adventure, but I promise that everyone is there to take care of you and to make the retreat a long lasting memory for you and your loved ones.
When we went on our retreat we were nervous, and stressed from the holidays, and going on our 1st family vacation with 2 young childres, and flying for the 1st time. When we meet or corrdinator, and the other volunters of IOH, they just took over. They went way beyound to make sure the family was taken care of. The Kids warmed up to our volunteers quickly, and having a great time. The adults got to make new friends who could understand and relate to others stituations. And my wife stays in contact with her new support group of friends. IOH did so much in making memories for us and the kids. And to help us adults with meeting new friends, and support community. What IOH did for us, just broght a lot of Joy and happness back into the family. Thank you IOH.
My schedule finally allowed me to volunteer at an IOH retreat, and I can't wait until I can volunteer again! Yes I was busy during the retreat, but just seeing how kind and caring all the other volunteers were and how great of a time the families were having made it all worth it. Just being able to give these families a fun, stress free vacation to create memories is awesome! It is defentitely working through this incredible ministry!
I was very nervous about bringing my children on this retreat - they are young enough to not fully comprehend what we are dealing with, but old enough to know something major is going on and their whole life would be majorly affected by someone saying the wrong things. When my coordinator told me they would be ok with the wonderful volunteers, I was skeptical. We have taken them places with trained and paid professionals and they weren't ok. Well she was right! From the moment we got there, my kids were treated with respect and tender loving care. Within moments we were leaving them with people we had just met so that we could do some "adult" healing. We can not thank these incredible people enough.
Volunteering for Inheritance of Hope is one of the most meaningful and joyful experiences I have had in my life. I have also run for Team IOH, which is yet another great way to get involved with this incredible organization.
Amazing organization with a huge impact. Fully enjoyed every minute of volunteering.
This is an amazing organization that does not do something unless it can do it 110%. They take a difficult situation and make it manageable. They provide families with a parent that has a life threatening illness will resources, time, memories, and a new support community. What a legacy!
IOH is a blessing from the Heavens above!! I was invited as a family memeber in Jan 2010, and I thought that was great, BUT let me tell you as a volunteer it was probably one of the most rewarding things I have done in my Life. I see all the love for these families, and the volunteers are there because we want to be!! I knew I was going to have a great time but it was above and beyond.
I met some very loving people and to see all the families smiling and having a great time was priceless!! I am looking forward to the Next retreat... and God is so Good......
I had the opportunity to sit in on the closing service of the Orlando Legacy Retreat on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Awesome and powerful! Prayerfully seeking God's heart for His plan on further supporting and participating with IOH both personally and through my church. One of the take-aways from Tuesday was the simple, clear, need and opportunity for families to build lasting, God-honoring legacies. I believe we each have a role if we choose to accept it.
Blessed… One of many words that I could use to describe what IOH means to my family. The smile my daughter had the whole time there is priceless in my mind and I will visualize all the time. The staff and volunteers with IOH are truly amazing. I know in my heart that God is everything and does everything for a reason. This legacy retreat was a huge blessing. When you have so many fears and questions about our children when we are given a trail like fighting cancer it is over whelming. This retreat bought lots of smiles, laughter, tears and endless hugs. My family and I will forever be thankful for the opportunity of being a part of IOH. Thanks to God!! God bless
Wow! That was truly a "dream vacation"! The staff and volunteers were all angels, the service at the hotel was amazing, and the things we learned about "intentional living" were priceless! Cancer, leukemia, and any other life-threatening illness are scary things to deal with.... both for the parents and the kids, but, truth be told, we are ALL going to die someday. Accidents happen every day and we should be trying to live every single day as fully as we can...especially when it comes to our kids. They are our real legacy. You can tell that everybody at IOH truly believes this and cares about every single family that comes through their retreats. I can't say enough good things...I can only say that I plan to go back, next time as a volunteer, to continue the good works and share the love that God is doing through this phenomenal group of people. Thank you!
I'm in my 2nd year of working as a counselor with this wonderful organization. I can't say enough positive things about how careful Inheritance of Hope is to use its funds wisely. This group helps both traditional and nontraditional families. Parents and kids who are hurting feel loved and understood while having a BLAST making precious memories.
IOH is a non-profit which impacts the lives of adults and children who are going through difficult times. The energy and focus of IOH is on the families they serve. Not only do they go the extra mile they go the extra 25 miles to assist the families who theyy are targeted to serve.
I had a wonderful time in NY CITY. at FIRST I DID not think my family fit in because of divorce, but my exwife and I got together for our young son and it was a wise decision as we really enjoyed our trip.We had a cx flight home on Thanksgiving day which had,of course nothing to do with IH, which made for a long long day,however it was still worth every minuite of the trip. It was in everyway FIRST CLASS.My thanks to all the wonderful people who made this possible.
There are not enough positive words to describe this amazing organization. From the moment we were contacted about the opportunity to experience their incredible generosity to the moment we parted ways, our family was made to feel like honored guests. They provided our family with an experience we could have never provided for ourselves! I have never been a part of any effort that is so thoughtful and service focused. With new relationships formed with other families and volunteers, we feel as though our family circle has been enlarged farther than we could have ever imagined.
If there were ever examples of true Christians, the people who serve in this organization are it. All of the efforts from the volunteers in this organization were constantly giving and caring. IOH made it possible for my family to be able to have a vacation together for perhaps the last time. There were group meetings and counseling sessions as expected but much free time as well in addition to well thought out and planned activities including child care. We came from across the country but felt like we belonged right away. It was great to talk to others in similar health situations and also to make new friends. Five stars is not enough merit that IOH deserves. Thankfully, much greater rewards will be theirs in heaven.
When the opportunity came up to attend the IOH NYC retreat in November I was very hesitant. I had mixed feelings about attending because I felt that our family didn't fit into the "typical family" category. From the moment we got off the plane in NY we were surrounded by the most loving and compassionate group of people that I have ever known. Someone was always there to help if needed and they did everything possible to make the retreat a relaxing and enjoyable experience (and loads of fun) !! The organization and all who are a part of it are true examples of God's love.
I have volunteered at the IOH Legacy Retreats three times now and expect to continue doing so for as long as I am able and/or they need volunteers. I was a little apprehensive when attending the first retreat, just last year, but after meeting other dedicated volunteers and staff, I fell right into place. The preparation for these retreats leaves no detail unaddressed. Attending subsequent retreats is like a family reunion. It is also a testimony to IOH when families served at prior retreats have family members returning to volunteer. It is so rewarding to see the families served smiling, laughing, bonding, kids playing, and creating lasting memories. Truly a life changing experience for all who participate and one that cannot fully be described unless you are there.
Our family was fortunate to attend the IOH New York City retreat a few weeks ago. I was very nervous about the retreat because I was scared that we would be sad on vacation. I was also apprehensive about traveling with so many people. I wasted so much time worrying! It was wonderful from start to finish. The counseling was very cathartic and the other families were very sweet and positive. The experience was just what we needed after the year our family has had. What makes IOH so special is the volunteers. They spent all of their time making sure that we were having fun. They played with our children and gave up time with their own families to be there to help ours. They took pictures and treated us like we were very special. We left feeling happy and uplifted and like we were leaving family. It truly is an experience of a lifetime.
I have been serving families with Inheritance of Hope for 2 years and I am so very thankful! The members of this organization, from volunteers to staff to board members, work incredibly hard to help families with young children and a parent facing a terminal illness to be encouraged and enjoy wonderful memories together. Inheritance of Hope uses its resources responsibly and truly maximizes every donation. It is wonderful to witness families attending an Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat forget about their illness for awhile, and enjoy the blessing of a family getaway.
I have felt very blessed to be part of Inheritance of Hope; the organization is a delight to work with. The Legacy Retreats support and supply families that are facing a very difficult time with a bit of respite and relief. Every detail is take care of; each family can enjoy time together making precious memories without the hassle of planning all the logistics of a getaway or the burden of cost. The opportunity to spend time with other families traveling similar paths is enriching and encouraging.
Serving with Inheritance of Hope has been a life changing opportunity. Every family that attends one of the retreats is blessed by heart felt service from volunteers who want nothing more than to cater to their every need be it physical, emotional, or spiritual. Families, especially the children, bond immediately as they have finally found others who really understand the struggles they are experiencing. I love to see the transformations of families as they leave the retreats with life lasting memories and a renewed sense of hope.
I love being a part of IOH. It is truly a family that just continues to grow! I am so blessed to have the opportunity to meet so many beautiful families that I get to have a lasting relationship with. I love that the families that come on the retreat leave with a community that they can find continued support and love from.
I have run for Inheritance of Hope and have volunteered as well. I am incredibly amazed at the thought, care, love and compassion that goes into IOH runs and retreats. They take very seriously the idea of a stress-free, worry-free, fun-filled environment. Every detail is well thought out. It is truly amazing how many hours are put in behind the scenes to help the families have fun and make lasting memories. My absolute favorite part is seeing these families being transformed . Many walk in to the retreat anxious, weary, but leave with peace and HOPE! We will all leave a legacy, and with the help from IOH, it will be an intentional, purposeful one that leads to a joy beyond understanding!
Every Inheritance of Hope retreat is like having a second family. Such a wonderful meaningful experience to be a part of. It is so worth volunteering and participating in the retreats.
I adore this organization... plain and simple. Volunteering for IoH is a joy and an incredible privilege. I'm blessed to have served at 10 legacy retreats and I do not plan on stopping anytime soon. :) Getting to see families strengthened by the support of those in similar situations is amazing. I love seeing people leave retreats uplifted and with a renewed sense of spirit. It is wonderful to see so many diverse families blessed by an organization. IoH literally thinks of everything to make a family's time on a retreat special. Leaving a retreat is always difficult because of the incredible bonds made in only four days. I constantly come home changed and inspired by the people I had the blessing to serve. People I have met on trips now feel like family to me. This organization is purely magical.
Hello! My name is Jacey and I have served as a volunteer on 6 Inheritance of Hope retreats. This organization is amazing! It's so hard to describe these trips and the impact they not only have on the families who participate, but all the volunteers and staff. It's such a blessing to be a helping hand to these beautiful people. I enjoy praying for the participants before and after the trips and just trying to show them God's love. The amazing events and fun experiences have included whitewater rafting, staying in a hotel in Times Square, and riding Space Mountain in Disney. Most special to me though, are the memories I have gained by being in the group sessions with the kids and simply being a helper and listener. These sessions not only assist each individual in processing their feelings, but have created strong bonds between the kids. These trips are a great combination of fun and practical support. I have enjoyed meeting families in difficult circumstances and trying to lighten their burden in as many ways as I can. Inheritance of Hope provides lifelong memories in a welcoming, loving atmosphere. I look forward to serving on future retreats!
My daughters volunteered at a retreat for Inheritance of Hope, and their experience had a tremendous impact on their lives. The attention to detail for each family attending, the depth of care for each individual, and the professional approach to each particular aspect of the retreat are all exceptional. Families who face the challenge of a parent with a life-threatening illness are finding a much needed dose of hopefulness through the services of Inheritance of Hope. My daughters are already working hard to volunteer at another retreat.
Inheritance of Hope is a wonderful example of beauty rising out of ashes. I have observed Kristen Milligan's battle against cancer, and her determination to live and see her children have memories of her life. With Deric (who is my brother) at her side, she has maintained a remarkbly optimistic outlook with each treatment, each hurdle, each scan, each setback.
Their desire to give other families a chance to spend time simply playing together, without the cares of costs or planning, and away from the stress of the medical mayhem, has been realized through Inheritance of Hope. The organization is well organized, and tightly run, and sets a high standard for non-profits. The seemingly carefree retreat provides an opportunity for parents to create and keep memories of a happy time together, and for children to be children.
What a great concept!
Inheritance of Hope is a solid option for those looking to financially support a family-based, simple and single-goaled organization which is definitely getting the job done. IOH is fulfilling its mission in allowing every family to leave a legacy.
My daughter and I attended a retreat in Lake George New York. We met so many families and wonderful volunteers. It was a life changing experience. My daughter also won the "Inheritance of Hope " Scholarship this year. We are so thankful for the experiences with the retreat and granting the scholarship to her. I have stage 4 cancer and we met other families going thru the same thing that we are.
My first time to be a part of Inheretance of Hope was a snapshot of families struggling to be "normal" under incredible stress...but the fun, the smiles, the new friends that share the same struggles, the tears with fellow sufferers that understood, the love and care of the volunteers with the children was hopeful. In our adult sessions the main theme was "what will happen to my children...will they be o.k...can my spouse handle this alone."...Then the fun and togetherness of days of Disney and hearing from "grown-up kids that have good lives despite the loss of a parent"...I saw HOPE. What a precious gift this ministry is to those who really need HOPE!
As a young person it was very difficult in dealing with some of the family issues that had risen in the past year. My vacation with the Inheritenece of Hope program was a life changing experience in many ways. Going into the vacation I was very skeptical about the whole program's motives and intentions, however from the moment I met all the lovely volunteers I realized these people were here to help in my struggle. Not only were they outgoing, friendly, and helpful they were also people that I could talk to about my situation and help me understand my feelings better. Going on vacation with my family was such a heart warming experience. I still think back on the trip and remember how good it made me feel to have such good family memories despite tough circumstance. One of the things I was most skeptical about was the group counseling. It was actually really fun and it made me feel carefree and allowed me to forget my troubles for a bit. In addition to this sometimes the volunteers would talk about having faith and I think some of those values rubbed off on me. I think the positivity of the volunteers was contagious. A lot of the anger and negativity I had seemed to wash away and I began to gain faith I never had and more positivity in my life. In conclusion, the inheritence of hope vacation was a life changing expereince for me because it allowed me to have renewed hope and faith in G-d as well as the destiny he has laid out before me.
Once a young caregiver myself at the age of 16, I can personally relate to the many struggles that a family endures with a loved one suffering from a life threatening illness. Witnessing Inheritance of Hope provide a legacy for these families at the May 2012 Florida retreat, I couldn't help but wonder how my family might be different today if we had been blessed by Inheritance of Hope. It was beautiful to see how the love, attention, and sincere compassion that was exerted by IOH volunteers and staff truly changed the families lives and better equipped them for the journey that lies ahead.
IOH is one of THE best organizations out there right now. We were blessed in being able to go on a retreat to Disney World, and it was a life-changing experience! A dream come true! The people we met and the memories we made will forever be held very close to our hearts!
Being granted a Legacy Retreat by IOH was a blessing to our family. We enjoyed an Orlando vacation, all expenses paid! We met so many families in similar circumstances, and it was a bonding experience for all. My 4 children had a wonderful time with the tireless and loving volunteers, and we all made life-long memories. My husband and I got a date night too! I simply cannot say enough about this wonderful organization. They helped me to see that my illness will not and should not define my future nor my family's future. That, in itself, is priceless! My family hopes to raise funds in the future to help support IOH and its mission. I wish every family could experience what we did! --The Ricciardelli Family
Thank you to Inheritance of Hope for allowing my family and I to attend the May 2012 Legacy Retreat in Orlando. From the moment we were contacted by Angela letting us know we had been selected to attend the retreat, through the closing ceremony on our last day, the team at IOH exceeded any expectation we had. The staff was so accommodating to our travel needs and so welcoming when we arrived in Orlando it was evident this was a group of people wanting to serve my family. Every detail throughout the weekend was covered by IOH. Welcome baskets with goodies and gifts from home in the form of support letters from family members greeted us in our hotel room. There was even a surprise dinner guest the first night we got to Orlando! Breakfast every morning preceded group sessions where each family got the opportunity to share "their" story and learn from the other families that attended. The counselors that lead these groups were more than tremendous, never pressuring but always encouraging! Although the weekend was full of fun at Disney, Universal, and Sea World the real value of the trip was in the interaction with the IOH team. In my opinion that’s the lasting "legacy" my family will remember.
Inheritance of Hope is simply amazing. They have thought of every detail to love and care for families in need. The staff and volunteers were beyond incredible in the way they served and loved us. The chance to connect with other families on similar journeys was priceless. And getting to experience Disney with our daughter was beyond priceless. We are incredibly thankful for the experience and the people we got to meet on our retreat.
From the moment we were greeted by the Inheritance of Hope team to the moment we were dropped off at the airport we had an unbelievably fun and therapeutic time. I would recommend the organization to anybody in similar circumstances. Our children are still saying they miss the Inheritance of Hope. We couldn't believe some of the voulunteers were on their first retreat, we thought they were seasoned veterans. We wanted for nothing, everything was taken care of for us. The retreat team was always one step ahead of us. We can't say enough good things about our experience. -- The DiGangi Family
Inheritance of Hope is an amazing organization! The staff does a wonderful job of planning the weekend and makes it easy for the volunteers to interact with the families and build relationships. Walking away from this weekend left everyone with a renewed since of hope.
Being a volunteer for Inheritance gave evidence of a staff which is cheerfully contagious. The organization is so completely organized! When family members arrive at the airport, there are volunteers waiting to grab luggage, a volunteer drives a van to the closest point to shuttle guests to the hotel, and at the hotel even more volunteers are ready to greet and grab kids and suitcases. The Inheritance of Hope team has thought of everything to give those who volunteer a seamless schedule. This was a very pleasant and rewarding experience. As a volunteer, a complete schedule was easy to follow and if there were any questions, morning meetings outlined the daily events.
My family was given an all expense paid vacation trip to Florida - Disney by Inheritance of Hope (IOH) "Legacy Retreat" in May 2012. We visited Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, and Sea World. What made this vacation magical for my family was the staff and volunteers. They did everything possible to make our vacation a true legacy. They packed our lunches, pushed the wheelchair my husband sits in and they made my children laugh again. I literally cried with joy for the first time in two years. They even took pictures of my family and later developed them and placed them in an album before we went home. We met other families in similar situations at this retreat. My family felt a tremendous amount of love and support from IOH. Their energy of care is unbelieveable. We are grateful to IOH staff and volunteers for giving us a legacy to remember forevermore. Special thanks to Deric, Kristen, Allen Milligan
Our trip was a beautiful experience. The Inheritance of Hope Organization provided for our every need and more. It was the most organized, carefree vacation that we have ever been on. I have never seen so many volunteers with such serving hearts in one place at one time, well maybe at Vacation Bible School, but these people were all there to serve our family and the 15 other families going through the same things we are. The volunteers all have to fund raise to raise money for their trip and provide their own transportation. I was amazed that people were actually willing to pay money to come take care of us! WOW, was all I could say. We were greeted at the airport, by volunteers, shuttled to the hotel by them, greeted by more volunteers at the hotel, handing us our room key and giving us our name tags. We were greeted in our room by a beautiful bag of goodies containing all of your notes, tee shirts, water bottles, books, note cards, snacks and sunscreen. The counseling and group sessions they provided for the adults and the kids were an invaluable experience that we all really needed. The connections that we made with other families and volunteers were life changing. It was all a humbling experience. The Parks were amazing, we made many fun memories there as a family. We were provided a volunteer to help us get around; she was an excellent wheel chair driver, took tons of pictures of our family and provided for our every need. Her name was Lisa, she even had rain ponchos and umbrellas for all of us in her back pack. At the closing ceremony all the families were presented with a beautiful scrap book filled with our photos from the weekend and scripture verses on every page. Our volunteers spent the night before staying up late and making the scrap books for us – WOW! The thing that was so amazing about the Inheritance of Hope Organization is that the Founders, Derik and Kristin Milligan, are going through the same thing as our family. Yet they are still serving others and providing families with this wonderful opportunity to create a Legacy for our family. Our lovely volunteer, Lisa, is a breast cancer survivor and she is serving others. Many of the volunteers and staff have either experienced a life threatening illness, have had or have family with a life threatening illness or have lost a parent to a life threatening illness. Yet they are all still serving others – AMAZING! The Bunner Family
While it was great to go to the parks in Orlando and this excited my kids about going on this retreat, the real rewards were so much more than we anticipated. We all received much-needed counseling to help all of our family which helped give us all a plan and hope. The kids instantly connected to the other retreat participants and the incredible IOH volunteers. We learned a lot from the sessions with other participants and counselors. The most important lesson I learned was to live each day intentionally. I will not allow the dark cloud to follow me or dictate my life because this is not what God intends for my life. This short weekend was life changing for us and we know we made some forever friends. While we were never rushed or felt regimented to a schedule, this retreat was incredibly organized.
This was my first time volunteering with IOH and it was AMAZING!! They provided the families with a way to make memories without even knowing it. They allowed the families to have a stress free time together, as well as have some counselling time and fun time.
Inheritance of Hope lives up to its name. It is all about hope! This is a wonderful organization that pools the gifts of its staff and volunteers to offer fun family getaways with purpose to young families that are battling a terminal illness. I have been so grateful to serve alongside caring, loving, generous people that travel far and wide to give the families a trip of a lifetime. Getting to know the families and their stories is a treasure for me. I am always impressed by their strength. Seeing them soak each other up while enjoying an exciting vacation is a beautiful blessing!
The retreat unfolded before me in ways that far exceeded my expectations. Warm welcomes were offered to everyone.
I was in the adult sessions. I love the group format. These couples know much more about each others’ concerns than I do. It’s powerful for them to be able to share their burdens with others who are in similar, immensely difficult, situations. Gene did a great job of facilitating our sessions.
I feel so lucky that I was able to volunteer at the February 2012 Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat. Inheritance of Hope is an incredible organization that showers its families and volunteers with tremendous love. And, that love seems to truly multiply! Seeing families and children come together and have fun in spite of enormous challenges is an experience that is life-changing. The families we served were so grateful and all seemed to get a lot out of the retreat. But, as much as they all said they were blessed by the experience, the volunteers were also blessed! I saw joy and peace like I have never seen before. I will volunteer at another retreat as soon as I possibly can!
I had the opportunity to be a "shadow" counselor on the most recent Legacy Retreat with IOH and observe the entire experience. I was blown away by the excellent manner in which every detail was covered and the love, enthusiasm and hope showered on all the families by all the staff and volunteers. The families on the retreat were given a safe space to bond with other families with similar struggles, discuss their fears and anxieties, and and experience some inner healing. Families were also given practical tools on how to live an intentional life that I am going to implement in my own life as well! I am changed for the better after having been a part of this organization.
Inheritance of Hope is a great organization! The mission of serving families with a parent that has a life-threatening illness is absolutely, without-a-doubt exactly what they are all about. In my role as a volunteer, I have seen the lives of many many children become enriched with joy and understanding of their situation. Parents and children get the opportunity to relax and focus on what is important, family. I've been quoted as saying, "This is the greatest thing I have ever done!" This still proves to be true and I look forward supporting this organization far into the future.
Inheritance of Hope is a truly amazing organization! Words can't really describe the experience of an IOH Retreat. There is so much joy and love and happiness despite what these families are going through. If I had to describe IOH in two words, it would be "life-changing". I am in awe during every retreat as I witness the children opening up and bonding with others who are experiencing the same things at home. It's so uplifting to witness the change in the families as the children and parents gain a better understanding of how to express their emotions. My experiences as a volunteer have been unbelievable and I look forward to continuing my service to this great organization!
This organization is something that I have a huge passion for. I have been a part of many organizations and mission trips; however, this one exceeds my expectations for many reasons. It is extremely organzied and smooth and there is never a time where I as a volunteer do not know what I need to do next. Inheritance of Hope is also a tremendoudly powerful organization. Many of the families have anxieties before they come on the trip about what it will be like, and I have never met so many families who come away from an experience like this feeling refreshed, loved, and hopeful no matter what their medical circumstance. Inheritance of Hope has everything from the amazing accommodations, food, and fun, but more importantly they have meaning behind what they do. The counselors they hire to help these families learn how to cope with their situations are amazing. The ability to provide these families with memories that will last a lifetime from the pictures, the legacy videos, and the ability to be around other families who are struggling with the same devastaing situation is priceless. As long as I am able I will be apart of this organization. I have made so many new friends and families through this organization that I will cherish forever. I am so proud of the Milligan family who have given of their time, effort, and talents to help other families when they themselves have the struggle of a life threatning illness. They know what it's like to go through this situation and they are a blessing and are so self less to want to help other families to learn how to cope with their situation.
Inheritance of Hope offers something that is very rare... a loving community of staff, volunteers, & participants who enter into the lives of each other on a deep level from the very beginning. The goal is for those parents with a terminal illness to be cared for & provided a community where others are in their shoes. The children & teens are also taken care of & provided support & fun! Everything from behind the scenes to the most visible interactions are done with excellence. I highly recommend Inheritance of Hope to anyone who is looking for a place to give either financially or through service. I also am in the process of referring local families I know to attend upcoming retreats! I cannot say enough about this nonprofit & the impact it is having on families suffering from a terminal illness diagnosis. Five stars is not enough!
I was a counselor for the children on the retreAt. This program is wonderful and is incredibly impactful for everyone... The staff, volunteers and the family.
Our experience with Inheritance of Hope was truly amazing. The staff and volunteers treated us like family. Every part of the trip was well planned down to the last detail. The counseling for the adults and kids was very helpful. We built relationships that will last a lifetime. We will be forever grateful for our time with IOH. We had two volunteers that helped us throughout the weekend - Angie and Mike. We couldn't have done Disney without them. The message and the video shared during closing ceremony was incredibly touching. The last day was hard for us to say good bye. Our 8-year-old daughter with tears streaming down her face has already declared she is going back to be a volunteer with IOH someday.
My family recently returned home from the 2/12 Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat and I highly recommend IOH to any family with a parent facing a terminal illness. We went on the retreat with the expectation that a change of scenery would help our 7 and 11 year old daughters build lasting memories of their mother. I am an adult and I spend lots of time committing things about my wife (Michelle) to memory: I remember very clearly her squeezing my hand, as we exchanged our wedding vows and again as she delivered our precious daughters, because they were Red Letter days, but the day to day memories are in a fog.
Because I know the day is coming that I will have to say goodbye, every day for me is a Red Letter Day and I study her like the setting sun on the last day of a tropical vacation. I let every aspect of her every day existence burn into my memory... I get lost in her eyes and the warmth of her hand. But how can a child understand the pressing need to remember? They know that their momma is very sick and the Dr's say that she will die but they are too young to appreciate the finality of death and they don't understand how everyday memories fade away.
IOH gave us five Red Letter Days! The volunteers exceeded our every expectation and created an environment for rich lasting memories and the councilors gave us many helpful insights that will serve our family well during a very difficult time and for the rest of our lives.
My family was selected to go on the Disney 2012 retreat. Words cannot begin to describe what an amazing trip this was. Inheritance of Hope just amazed us by thinking of everything. From the minute we landed we were just embraced by loving volunteers who treated us like royalty. Our daughters cried leaving the volunteers. We were so inspired by the other families. It was comforting to be surrounded by people going through a similar life-changing event and who share the same worries. It was very emotional and very therapeutic. I wish we could go on another retreat with IOH! And I pray that our daughters become volunteers some day. Thank you IOH - we are forever grateful.
My family and I found out about IOH from a family member last year and thought that we would look into it and see if anything came of it. We were definitely skeptical going into it and were completely blown away. We could not have asked for a more special time with our family. The times of sharing with other families were difficult emotionally but encouraging to see the faith and strength of others in the same situation that we are in. Our times at the Disney parks were a blast. We had a wonderful volunteer with us the whole time to make our experience easier to manage 3 small children. Our girls loved all of the volunteers and are still talking about them. This trip forced us to ponder on issues of death and illness, which are hard to confront, but very positive in the long run. My husband and I feel so blessed and strengthened to have discussed these issues together.
Greetings!!! My family was selected by Inheritance of Hope to participate in the 2012 Disney Retreat. The organization (IOH) chose 16 families that have a life threatning disease to go. The love, support, and counseling they provided all the families is unmeasurable. I had the opportunity to meet other people facing the same feelings and struggles that I have been going thru the last 13 months by myself. I was so touched by the love that I think about the organization everyday and get excited to tell others about them!!!
In reading all the reviews, I cannot disagree. We were one of the families selected to attend the NYC 2011 retreat. During the retreat I ran out of words to say about how grateful we were. The staff, volunteers and all those who made this trip possible were AWESOME. We had a wonderful time and what made it even better...was meeting so many wondetful people and families. Especially families you could relate to 100%.
My family was invited to New York City in November of 2011 to experience a life changing experience. While we were there we stayed in Times Square, saw the Rockettes, and did the Circle Line Cruise around Manhattan island with all expenses paid. Inheritance of Hope is an amazing organization and are in the business of changing lives broken by illness to lives filled with HOPE. My family was surrounded by so much love in NYC. As a cancer survivor myself I have found much strength in being surrounded by others going through the same trials as myself. IOH has a wonderful model of supporting thoes diagnosed with terminal illneses. I enjoyed our group sessions where we openly shared our emotions regarding our trials. IOH is doing the work of the Kingdom here on earth in Christs name and there is no other organization like them. If you want to change lives this organization deserves your full support.
As an individual, I lost my father when I was just 30 years old. My sister was then diagnosed with terminal cancer that same year. It was devastating... and that was with the support of a loving husband and family, and a strong childhood to give me the strength to deal with such tragedy. I cannot even imaging the pain of potentially losing a parent as a child. And as a mother, I cannot imagine the fear and pain of being told you will die before you are able to raise your children.
As a volunteer, I can only say that this was the most life-altering experience of my life. These families are going through unimaginable grief... so when you see the children smile and laugh with other kids who understand what they are going through, or when you see the relief and happiness in a parent's face after making a video to leave to their children (so their children will always be able to see and hear how much that parent loves them), or when you see a sick woman dress up for a "date-night" with her husband who hasn't been able to even think about anything but hospitals bills... you can't help but take stock in your own life and put things in prospective. And the joy you feel from helping these families just a little, is something you carry for a long time.
Please donate what you can to this organization, because for these families... it is often the last "family memory" they make. And there are SO many families that need help... and for these families there is no "waiting" list. Give what you can so no child or sick parent misses their chance for involvement with this God-sent organization.
Volunteering with Inheritance of Hope is nothing short of a life-changing event. As volunteers we attend to provide these families with memories to last the children a lifetime, but in turn they gift us with even more important lessons about life. Watching all of these terminally ill parents love their children so passionately is a true gift. They do not waste one minute because they know their time is limited. They give their kids the quality of time every parent wishes they gave every day. I am reminded every day through the work of Inheritance of Hope that I can never take for granted the time I have with my children, or the strength I can find through God to help my children through anything that comes our way. These parents face challenges most parents won't even let themselves consider... and by allowing us to serve them on these retreats, they inspire us volunteers in ways that forever change my heart and strengthen my faith. God bless Kristen and Deric Milligan, and everything they do to make this organization successful.
Words cannot describe the gratitude we have for this organization. The volunteers, programming, and staff were wonderful. Everyone involved could not do more for our family. It was a true blessing and honor to be involved and our family's lives have forever been changed. To have the opportunity to make memories with our family without having to worry about the bills and exprience a support network that was created for families just like ours is amazing. This is a top notch organization serving a population that is often overlooked, overstressed, and over their heads in medical bills. The orgnaization provided an irreplacable experience that has truly helped our family's suffering.
I was diagnosed with inoperable stage 4 cancer just one week after giving birth to my second child. I was 33 years old at the time. I have had several surgeries and many different chemotherapies in an effortto halt my tumor growth, I am now participating in a clinical trial with an experimental drug to try to save my life. My little girls are now ages 8 and 10 & although I have been blessed with many more years than it seemed was going to be, I am not ready to leave my girls motherless. Inheritance of Hope gave my family 4 fantastic, stress free days in Disney. From the moment we met volunteer Jerimiah at the airport to we were greeted by JIll at the hotel we were put at ease. All of the people involved in this organization exceeded our expectations. They offered workshops for our children who are living with a parent with a life threatening illness as well as for myself and my husband as a caretaker. Meeting other young families in similar situations was amazing. They provided volunteers to come around the parks with us and even provided a kids night out so that the parents could spend some quality time alone. IOH is amazing!!!
I was diagnosed with end stage colon cancer September of 2010 and still have a long way to go. This Disney Retreat encourage me to have more faith and hope than I did before. They were all wonderful people and it was very insightful listening to others challenges in the counseling sessions. It is a week my family and I will never forget. My wish is that many more families going through the same challenges will have the same opportunity to experience a retreat like this.
What an amazing event. The IOH team was amazing. They loved on us from the start to the finish. The counseling sessions were very informative and thought provoking and while we initially thought we'd miss being at the park during them we actually came to look forward to the sessions. The legacy video itself was wonderful and the final worship service was powerful. Thanks to you all for putting so much time, effort, resources and of course love into an event we will never forget.
Jeff and Carolyn
I cannot begin to tell what the Legacy Retreat meant to me and my family. I have been battling cancer for ten years now. However, my diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2010 was much more sobering than the diagnosis of breast cancer in 2001. I have been struggling with the thought, "But what about my family?"
This retreat gave me so many ideas about how to leave a legacy for my children. It gave my husband and I an opportunity to be with other parents who are having the same thoughts and struggles. It gave our children a chance to be with other children whose family has been turned upside down with illness. The counselors were wonderful and so helpful.
Inheritance of Hope gave us a weekend with no doctors, no money worries, no childcare worries. Not only that, but they had such wonderful, joyful volunteers to accompany us to the parks at Disney World. These volunteers took pictures along the way and we were pleasantly surprised when they gave us a scrapbook at the closing ceremony. I know some of the people must have stayed up all night making these.
Every detail was seen to. We were sent menus prior to coming to Orlando. The food was wonderful and the box lunches saved us so much time and money each day.
There is no way we could have been able to afford this exciting trip to Disney World without Inheritance of Hope. My children had never been to an amusement park and had been begging to go to Disney like their friends. Our budget, with my medical bills and me not being able to work, just wouldn't allow it in the past.
On the last night we were given money to go out to eat. We were given the opportunity to film a video to our family. We were also given time to meet with the counselor who had been working with the children, During this time our kids were in capable hands eating supper and playing video games. It was a great evening.
For a little while each day we forgot about cancer. We forgot about money worries. We just had fun being together and with our new friends. Some of these new friends, volunteers and fellow families, will be lifelong friends.
Thank you, Inheritance of Hope!