I had applied for this retreat for my coworker Ginny and her husband and 4 year old son. Ginny's husband could not get the time off work and they asked me if I would take Ginny and TJ. This was an incredible honor and I feel truly blessed to have been a part of such a great organization. I can not begin to thank all that made this such an unbelievable experience for all of us. I know what I got out of this, but Ginny and TJ were so loved and taken care of by everyone. It was so gratifying to have shared this special time with them. We got to meet some amazing families and share some very powerful connections. It was helpful to know that we are all so much alike, in that we all fear a lot of the same concerns.The honesty and courage that these families and volunteers shared, was so inspiring. It was also so helpful to learn different ways to approach these different scenarios.We had so much fun at all the different parks and great fun getting to know so many of the families and volunteers. Once again I can't begin to thank all that helped make this such an awesome experience.
My husband was diagnosed with cancer in March 2011. We attended the June 2011 retreat to Disney. The volunteers were all outstanding! We were blessed with a 3 day pass to the Disney parks, all our meals, our hotel room, our airplane tickets, transport to the hotel, transport to and from the park, a date night/kids night out, AND counseling sessions from certified counselors! This company has a true servants heart and if ANYONE deserves an award or grant funding...it is Inheritance Of Hope!
I am the spouse of someone with amyotropic lateral sclerosis, a terminal disease with no possible treatment and no known cause, we were blessed by this organization to be given a trip of a liftetime to Disney World with our 2 children. My husband wouldn't have gone due to physical difficulties except for this was a "once in a lifetime" experience that he would get to share with his kids. He is also in some photos that I will cherish forever since he won't normally let his picture be taken. The volunteers that went on this trip were amazing. We didn't have to worry about anything. If we/he needed to rest they were there to help with the kids and even just to change a diaper if needed (twice in my particular case), they were there to help at the park to make it enjoyable for all (relieving alot of stress for me), they all carry around cameras taking pictures that normally I wouldn't have gotten to be in too since someone has to take the picture so we now have famiy photos that are priceless when you have someone dying. They are all there because they want to be, they enjoy helping people, they all have huge, loving hearts and want to express it and give back to people that need help even if its just to get away from mundane doctor appts. When you have a 6 year old and 3 year old whose father could pass away anyday, this provides them with memories, that in our case, are the first time they have gone to Disney World and they got to experience it with their father while he is still here with them.
Hi I'm a wife of a cancer patient. We just went on the retreat to Disney. I can't explain how it feels being with others people who are going through the same thing. It's so nice to be able to talk to the ones who are the caretaker and to talk about the stress of dealing with everything in your life. like the kids the bills also the doctors appointments, all the medical that your love one has to take. Those night that you don't get any sleep because you are up take care of your love one. Inheritance of hope Inc. Has giving my family a new look at life and what it really means. It helps make memory's for a life time with your family's. the staff are so GREAT that you would want to take them home with you. Has the one who has to deal with everything in the house. I feel more at peace and more relaxes about the outcome of what we are going to deal with in the future. My family and I will remember this trip for the rest of our life's. My kids cry the day after because they missed all of there new friends and helper's. My children learn how to express there feeling about the sitution in a good position way and not a bad way. The friends that you will make is amazing. They also talk to you about your children and how to help them in different ways. Because we all know that everyone deal with sadly,pain and also anger in different ways. To be able to take your family to this magic place for free. Is the best give of all. The rooms were great the hotel was clean the staff was wonderful. You couldn't asked for a better trip. They also provided ride to and from the parks. If you need something at 2.00am the staff was right there to help or to take you to the hospital. And also they will stay with the kids so you don't have to bring them to the hospital with you. This is the best experience ever in my and my family's life. Please don't be afraid to do it. You will love it. Trust me I did it. God Bless to all of the INHERITANCE OF HOPE INC. God Bless to you all in the future that will have this great time and experience like my family and I did.
Words could not explain how amazing this organization is! The volunteers and staff go above and beyond to make sure everyone is having a great time. Spending time with all the families and having counseling sessions really helped my family view life in a whole new way. Love Inheritance of Hope! :)
This was a chance for me to take my children to the greastest place on earth. They have been wanting to go to Disney World for so long and I would not have been able to do it on my own. Plus the counseling and meeeting people in the same situation as me really helped put things in perspective.
I have experience with IOH at many levels. I have been privileged to know the Milligans as their pastor. They are gracious people who walk the talk. My daughter has served as a volunteer at six retreats and it has changed her life. I have met a number of the families helped by IOH, and they all express deep appreciation for this special ministry. Our family has connected with several of the families. I also participated in the New York City retreat in November of 2010 and saw firsthand the love and selfless service given to the families. There is no ministry that I could recommend more highly. IOH is superb. Rev Howard Lawler, Fishkill NY
I love IOH! I have watched it grow over the years and have been so inspired by their mission. I first became involved with IOH as a runner with Team IOH. They offer great support and encouragement in meeting your fundraising and training goals. I have also served as a volunteer at one of the Legacy Retreats. I was blown away by the love and dedication that goes into retreats and poured out to each and every family there.
While I don't have direct experience with IOH, I do with similar organizations that serve terminal and seriously ill children. A life-threatening illness is taxing on the entire family, and I'm so excited to see an organization dedicated to blessing an underserved population--families who are facing the loss of a parent. I pray that this organization will grow to help more and more families each year.
The friends we met through this amazing opportunity are now considered our family. Jill is amazing and has such a warm and loving heart and makes every family feel like the world revolves around us. My family received a dream vacation that my children will remember and the memories that were created with their dad are priceless. We can not be more grateful for such an amazing group of people and the volunteers that help make this such a success.
I have been following Inheritance of Hope since its inception and have been so overwhelmed by the way this organization has strengthened so many families through some very difficult times. Their mission statement that "Every family deserves a legacy" means so much and they are so passionate in passing this on to as many as they can. I was informed about this organization through my daughter who is a friend of the founders and it has been so exciting to watch it grow to the point of being able to meet the needs of more and more families. I have been able to donate from time to time and would like to be able to do more because,in my opinion, there will always be a need in the service they provide.
I found Inheritance of Hope through a google search for non-profit organizations registered in the NYC Half Marathon. After reading their mission statement, I decided to register with Inheritance of Hope to run my first half marathon. Shortly after my 12th birthday, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer and doctors gave him 6 months to live. Four years later, shortly after my 16th birthday, my father passed away from lung cancer. I feel a special connection with Inheritance of Hope because I have experienced what the Inheritance of Hope families are currently living through. I believe it is truly remarkable what this organization has accomplished in its young existence. I was inspired to raise as much money as I could for Inheritance of Hope, and I succeeded in raising approximately $13,000 while running the NYC Half Marathon for Inheritance of Hope.
After the half marathon, I was invited to volunteer at a "Legacy Retreat". I could not take time from work to attend the entire Retreat, but I was able to volunteer for the final 2 days of the retreat. My first day as a volunteer was incredible. I spent time with the children, listening to the frustration, sadness, and sometimes anger caused by the seemingly hopeless situation. But I was encouraged to see that the kids were still laughing and playing together. Developing relationships with other children and parents struggling with the same issues is one of the biggest rewards for the families attending a Retreat. After spending time in the children's counseling session, I shared my story with the parents. Although my father's sickness was a painful experience, it is also an experience that has positively defined my life to this point. In my experience with IoH, I have come to realize that one of the biggest fears for the parents is how their sickness will affect their children. It has been a great experience for me personally to be able to share my story with the families.
As important as the counseling sessions are to the Legacy Retreats, they only last 2 and a half hours every day. The afternoon is always reserved for fun. On this day, the group spent the afternoon white water rafting. Some of the best pictures from the weekend came from this afternoon. Everyone was laughing and having an amazing time.
My first day as a volunteer is a perfect example of how remarkable this organization is. I had never met anyone at this Retreat in my life. But because we shared a common struggle, I was able to jump into the Retreat, half way through the weekend, and make very personal connections within a 24 hour period.
Since this Retreat, I have volunteered for the other 2 retreats held thus far (Disney World and NYC). I plan to volunteer for every Retreat in the future. I have also registered for the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC this fall. I had no expectations when I registered with Inheritance of Hope a little over a year ago to run the NYC Half Marathon. But I have come to love this organization. The experience has been rewarding beyond all expectations, and the organization has allowed me to share my family's experience to help others.
I have been aware of theis charity since its inception. It is making a significant in the lives of all of the families it reaches. In fact, in many cases it has a transformative impact on families that have almost given up hope.
I became involved with IOH in 2010 as I prepared to participate in the 2011 Disney Marathon Weekend. The support they offered me as a runner was amazing. I received one-on-one attention and encouragement. I was able to meet many of the families that IOH brought to Disney the night before my first race. It was a life-changing experience. The work IOH is doing to improve the lives of these families is incredible.
IOH has already touched so many lives in such a short period of time since it's inception just five years ago.
I have witnessed IOH grow leaps and bounds, and am so happy for what this organization provides to the families of a terminally ill parent. My dear friends, the Milligan's, and the countless volunteers of team IOH provide a wonderful outreach opportuntity for families to interact with other familes, and offer group support by hosting retreats and events paid for and provided by IOH.
What is most powerful to me is bringing these familes together and sharing each others stories, and the encouragement for each other demonstrates a tremendous opportunity for families to want to move forward, and understand the importance of leaving a legacy for their children.
The friendships immediately formed build individual character and added support which is sometimes difficult during such trying times.
~ IOH Board Member
In May 2009, my husband at the age of 38 was diagnosed with a genetic terminal brain illness called Huntington's Disease. While searching online for an organization that grants wishes for adults with terminal illness, I came upon the IoH site. This organization sounded amazing. Not only did they offer wonderful trips for parents with life-threatening diagnoses, they were FAITH based and it was not based on income....they offered the retreats to parents with life-threatening illnesses and their children....that was it!! It seemed like a gift from God the moment I found this organization. Once I was notified my family was gong to be able to attend the retreat, I started wondering....do we really belong there...it is hard to explain, but I felt as if there were other families who were far more deserving of this opportunity. I even emailed Jill to make sure we should attend and that we belonged. She reassured me that yes...we were defintely in the right place. I laugh at myself for hesitating on this opportunity. My family was blessed to be able to attend the January 2011 Inheritance of Hope Retreat in Walt Disney World. IoH took care of everything....flight arrangements, hotel accommodations, meals and we even had a special gift in our room when we arrived. IoH had taken the time to collect emails from our friends and family wishing us well during our trip. I can remember sitting on the bed looking at each email with my husband and girls. What a wonderful feeling. IoH left no stone unturned. They made us feel like family. The one thing I remember the most and am so thankful for is that Deric and the volunteers took the time each day to come to our family and talk to us....just talk....he and the other volunteers really took the time to get to know our family....believe me...my husband and girls are very quiet people, but they seemed to open up to the volunteers. My children were not ready to talk about their father's illness in the group sessions. They were never "made" or expected to attend the sessions, although I wish they would have and I believe they would have experienced a great sense of belonging and acceptance as my husband and I did in our group session. At the close of the retreat, each family was given an album of their family filled with pictures from the retreat. We have looked at that album for months....we have not put it away. What great memories we have of our trip. IoH founders, staff and donors are top-notch. Never was the retreat made to be about them.....it was all about the children and their parents!!! Thank you IoH!!
I am a 44 year old married mother of two children, ages 4 and 2. In September of 2010 I was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic cancer. Shortly after my sister told me she found this organization online that sponsors families where one of the parents has a life threatening illness. I knew little of IOH before embarking on the Disney World retreat in January 2011. This retreat changed my family's lives forever! The group sessions were oddly comforting. We were able to be face-to-face with other young parents in very similiar situations. No one understands like someone who is going through the same thing at the same time. The volunteers made us feel very special and loved. It was like having a body guard, personal assistant and chauffer at the same time! We did not feel judged or pitied for a moment. We knew within our first hour there that we could trust them with our children, our dignity, our privacy and that they would respect us for who we are. IOH is an amazing and blessed organization with incredible volunteers. Their mission to help families like mine needs to be spread so every family may have a legacy.
My husband was diagnosed with brain cancer in April of 2009. We knew that it was very important that our family make memories that lasted a lifetime. I wanted to plan an unforgettable vacation for our family, but didn't have the time, patience, expertise, or finances to plan this special trip. Then, I found out about IOH. Jill handled everything from start to finish. The only thing I had to do for this trip to New York City was pack our suitcases.
It was amazing to interact and socialize with other families that were experiencing our same life situation and were in our same age group. The families at the retreat could relate to our fears and struggles like no other family in our lives could ever do. The retreat included the perfect amount of counsel time and fun time. We cried together and shared our fears as a group in the morning while the children enjoyed group time with the volunteers. But, then, those tears and fears were soon forgotten as we joined back together as families in the afternoon for a fun day of making memories in the Big Apple.
The volunteers were absolutely amazing. They were there for us for whatever we needed. After our first few hours in New York City, I realized that we would not have been able to do this trip without them. Because my husband has a physical disability and has trouble with balance and walking, I needed to be near him just in case he needed help. That left me unable to keep up with my 5 year old and 9 year old on the busy streets of New York City. We would not have been able to do this trip without the help of all the volunteers.
This trip was a true blessing from God and answer to prayer. I didn't have the time, nor the patience, to plan a trip of this magnitude to New York City. And, with a brain cancer diagnosis, we certainly didn't have the finances for this trip. We appreciate so much the memories and the legacy Inheritance of Hope helped us leave for our children. It will never be forgotten.
When my wife and I began searching for an organization to sponsor we took it very seriously. We meticulously poured over hundreds of reviews and websites in order to find something that really spoke to us. Almost every nonprofit seemed deserving and we had no idea how to make the right decision. We knew we wanted to stay within the United States and we also knew we wanted children to be involved. Needless to say this is an enormous category and did not dilute the pool of choices by much. Then we found Inheritance of Hope and our search was over.
Inheritance of Hope (IOH) is a phenomenal organization that helps children and families that have a parent diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. After a short time of correspondence with the Executive Director, Deric Milligan, and the Team Coordinator, Lisa Duscio, we were immediately invited to witness the work IOH was doing in the lives of the families they serve. We attended a New York City Legacy Retreat involving families from all over the country that were blessed to share the experience this organization provides. It is hard to put words to the emotions we felt in being a part of this trip, but Hope is the one that continues to cross my mind. The volunteers and staff provide such a warm environment for the families to connect with one another at a time in their lives when I'm sure it is hard to believe anyone can relate to what they might be going through. They are given the ability and means to share a joyous time with their children and at the same time be provided with unlimited counseling and resources. In short, they are given an opportunity to find hope in a time that might seem hopeless.
We are so blessed to have been a part of such an amazing community of people. From the time we arrived at the retreat we were able to see how IOH is changing lives. Donors can be as involved as they would like to be, something that was also incredibly important to us. Not only was the Legacy Retreat run efficiently but the entire organization is efficient, with over 90% of all monies donated going directly to helping the families.
Inheritance of Hope is a powerhouse organization that does exactly what they say they will do.
My wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer May 2009. needless to say it's been tough, if not impossible, to have a nice family vacation with no worries. That's where Inheritance of Hope (IoH) came in. My sister-in-law did the majority of the paperwork and we were approved. I wasn't sure what to expect as I've never been on a retreat with other families going through similar situations. I was blown away.
IoH was phenomenal in taking care the needs/wants of the families that attended. The food was always great, the daily meetings with other families were not uncomfortable nor did i/we feel pressured into attending. the meetings were so helpful that we wanted to go. the events planned were a blast and great memory-makers. The schedule was also laid out in a way to where naps could be taken or other things done before an event.
The thing that floored me and really meant a lot was the volunteers. These folks were so selfless and helpful that they truly made the retreat worry free. Our girls still remember Shelly who was with us the whole duration. Of course, we met other volunteers and they all touched us deeply.
All in all, I'd say the retreat is one of the greatest things that has happened to me and to my family. we met wonderful friends that we still keep in touch with. It's effects are still with me and i'm sure will remain. Deric and Kristen have done a tremendous job with IoH. Their kindness and hard work cannot be measured.
I learned of Inheritance Of Hope from my sister who was doing research on how to get a dream trip to Disney for my family and me. In May of 2009 I was diagnosed with stage 4 appendix cancer, prognosis= 2 years. I have 2 very young children (4-1/2 and 2) and we hadn't had a chance to be on a family vacation since diagnosis.
My sister took care of most of the paperwork for the Disney Retreat 2011. The paperwork I needed to fill out was simple and Jill was wonderful about helping me jump through the hoops I needed to.
When the retreat came around everything was choreographed perfectly.
We had a dream vacation- it was so nice to be able to experience my family without a worry. IOH took care of the hotel, food, park passes and even gave us water to take along with us to the parks. (we all know who pricey water is at the parks)
There are so many things to than IOH for- the Legacy Video (where I was taped answering questions I think my children would like to know about me), the group discussions with other families facing the same delimmas and struggles as me, the volunteers who were so wonderful with my girls- doing great activites with them and taking them to the park while my husband and I had one night to ourselves. We even had a wonderful volunteer, Shelly, come with us to the parks to help wrangle our girls and hold our place in line.
Kristen and Derek Milligan have hit the mark with Inheritance of Hope. It's a great organization- I would not have been able to afford a vacation like that with my family. I now have great, worry-free memories with my girls. And my girls have pictures that will last forever.
Wow, where to start? I have volunteered with Inheritance of Hope on 6 Legacy retreats (and counting). On my first one I was 16, and am now 18. Inheritance of Hope is most remarkable, in my eyes, for how personal it is -- personal to the families attending, personal to the volunteers, personal to the staff, personal to the founders. Although I do not have a sick parent, I have Kristen, with whom I have become very close to over these years so I can relate on that level with the people attending. One thing I will always remember is after a day in New York City with the families, one of the mothers, who was very sick, kept saying "I can't stop smiling, my face hurts from smiling so much!" Giving these families a chance, not to hide from their problems, but live and still have fun despite them, is what makes Inheritance of Hope an absolutely incredible organization!
I was diagnosed with a grade 4 "terminal" brain cancer and was told I had less than a year to live. My two boys were only 1 and 3 years old. My biggest fear was not dying, but leaving my boys without a mom. My big question, would they remember how much I loved them? Then I found out about Inheritance of Hope. Our family was blessed to be chosen to attend the Disney World event in Jan. 2010. My biggest expectations, were not about Disney World, but my hope to learn anything I could to help my children go through the trials of mom with cancer (and the possibility of my death).
The time at Disney Land was wonderful, but minimal compared to my experience with the amazing people at Inheritance of Hope. It was helpful and touching to connect and talk with other couples going through life threatening diseases. My two boys had a wonderful time doing creative projects and playing games with other kids and leaders (while the adults were talking / learning). The Inheritance of Hope gave me HOPE about my families future. An amazing support group that is there for you even after the event is over.
The thing that was personally special for me, is that they gave me peace about my biggest worry. Again, I was worried my children would not remember how much I loved them. I never would have done what they suggested, on my own. But they set it up so perfectly, that I did it, and it worked well.
They set up a video camera up for me in a hotel room. Showed me how to push the button "on" to video. Then in my privacy, I was able to talk to my two boys and tell them how much I love them. It was so hard to say, but I am so glad I did it. One of the hardest things I have ever done. I am so grateful I did. I never would have done it without Inheritance of Hope. It gave me peace to know the boys could watch the video and hear me telling them how much I loved them. They sent me DVDs of the video, one for each son. I have it saved for them in a safe place.
I believe that Inheritance of Hope is a blessing to families that are suffering through life threatening illnesses. Connecting with them has made my struggling circumstance more at peace. I feel my appreciation is indescribable, saying "thank you" seems to simple. But thank you!
Plain and simple - terminal illness is a thief. It steals time, emotion, energy, finances and the list goes on and on. The generous donors who make it possible for Inheritance of Hope to provide families like ours an opportunity to attend a retreat "away from it all", at no cost, is a blessing that keeps on giving. The experience they provide is a powerful blend of family time together, spiritual encouragement, creating new bonds and friendships with other families in similar circumstances, support and FUN! For many families this will be the last family "get-away" they will ever have which makes this time of being together even more meaningful. The organization and volunteers are top notch and they work diligently to make sure each family has the opportunity to experience the soul purpose of their charity...helping families to create a lasting memory/legacy. What a treasured gift this is.
My family was chosen to attend the Disney retreat in January. It was an honor to be picked to attend such a positive weekend. I can not say enough good things about the people that make up the organization. I saw first hand selfless and tireless commitment to each family member who attended. I experienced love, service, courage and laughter! Little details were not overlooked from a goody bag, letters from loved ones, money for a date night, babysitting for the kids and a wonderful scrapbook of memories.
I would not hesitate in recommending Inheritance of Hope to others in our situation. Thank you Inheritance of Hope!!!
I have a very unique story with the Inheritance of Hope (IOH) organization. It has truly been an honor to be apart of such an amazing group of people that have a desire to serve and minister to others! I adore this organization and consider them all family.
My mom was diagnosed with lung cancer at the young age of 46 in November of 2009. As scray as this was, we stayed positive and kept faith in the lord that he will provide a miracle. In the early spring of the following year, my family was elected to go to an IOH retreat in Lake George, NY in June 2010. My dad was almost in disbelief. He told me, "All expenses paid, really"? "What's the catch"? It was hard to convince him that it was real! So on an early morning of June 2010, my family boarded their first airplane ever and landed in New York a short time later, not knowing a single sole. They spent 5 days with people they had never meet before and left with a lifetime of friendships.
They came back to tell me about all these great things, about how much fun they had, and all these amazing people they had met on their trip. It seemed almost life-changing. It was almost as if they were reenergized to continue the fight with my mom. They also informed me of volunteer opportunities through the organization. I brushed it off at first, didnt put alot of thought into it, really didnt think I would have time for it. However, they kept telling me over and over about how great IOH really is. They spoke so highly fo the organization, I decided to volunteer that fall. So in January of 2011 I was on the list to be a volunteer in Orlando, FL at Walt Disney World for IOH. Not knowing what to expect I went into this retreat with open arms. My family tried to prepare me the best they could. I knew I would be serving other families in their fight with other volunteers.
Less than 2 weeks prior to the time I was supposed to leave to volunteer, we suffered the loss of my mother. Anne Tripp passed away December 23, 2010 in Gothenburg, NE. Some of you can only imagine the pain and suffering we went through, and some of you know what it is like to go through something as tramatic as this was. However, not for a minute was I going to let this prevent me from volunteering in Florida.
I boarded a plane in Omaha, NE at 5:30am (I'm not a morning person FYI) on a cold winter day in January. It seemed like just minutes later (I slept the whole time) that I landed in sunny Florida to be greeted by Jill Thompson of IOH. And the rest is history. Talking and laughing with Jill put me at ease. I instantly was overwhelmed with HOW GREAT this organization truly is. Jill had met my family in June of the previous year and had a powerful understanding of my situation. I met other volunteers throughout the day and we were prepared, the best we could, of what to expect at a retreat. I was a little nervous, but very excited as well.
At the Walt Disney retreat in January 2011 I met 15 extraordinary families that were in need of Hope. They came from all different walks of life, from all over the country. I was changed that weekend. I have a new understanding of what serving others means. Meeting these people, getting to know and pray for these families was an honor. We went to the theme parks, ate breakfast and dinner, and all the other activites we had that weekend were second to none. Helping a family in this way and having a pretty good understanding of what they are going through gave me a "leg up". It is hard to describe in words what happened that weekend in Florida. I enjoyed every minute of my time with these families those 5 days. I will never forget my first retreat for IOH. It is something I will always hold near and dear to my heart.
To volunteer at a retreat was the most impactful thing I have EVER done. I fully intend to continue to support, pray for, volunteer, raise funds and build this organization.
Jeremiah J. Tripp
My namd is Michael Elliott and I am a bone marrow transplant survivor with an auto-imune disorder called GVHD. It is so hard to find the money or the time to have a vacation, much less a stress free day or two. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Disney World Legacy Retreat in January of 2011. My wife, my son 10 yrs old and myself were able to enjoy a stress free vacation at Disney World and more importantly we got to see that we were not the only ones with severe problems the other families all had things in common with us. That is so comforting. The trip was a dream, and the vollunteers made us feel like royalty. I don't really have money to donate to this organization, however I will tell you that if I did, this is where my money would be going. We are so grateful to Inheritance of Hope. They are for real, and deserve your support.
The love of the people involved in making the retreats happen is past comparison. Inheritance of Hope has blessed us not only by providing a wonderful retreat but also by connecting us with many beautiful people who share a similar story.
No words could ever express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Inheritance of Hope organization. I was diagnosed at age 39 with stage 4 cancer. Five months later, my family and I were blessed to go on the New York retreat. IOH thought of everything from a map to the hospital to a date night with my husband. They were extremely organized and our days were well balanced between group discussions and fun activities. I was amazed by the character that the volunteers exhibited. The retreat provided my family an opportunity to discuss our feelings with other families who could understand what we were going through. My children were begging to go back to their group sessions with the counselors! All of the volunteers were phenominal! IOH has helped our entire family through our journey. I will be forever grateful for this organization and for the friendships that were cultivated during our retreat. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone. They changed my outlook and journey. For that, I will be forever grateful.
FANTASTIC organization. My family and I were received a very special gift of a Legacy Retreat to NYC. IOH thought of everything including making a trip to the pharmacy. I have stage IV cancer and this trip allowed for my children (girl age 10, boy age 7) to visit and get to know other kids who are struggling with illness. The love and concern shown to them was overwhelming. Our Legacy trip changed the lives of our family and we only grew closer.
Inheritance of Hope gave my family such an incredible experience and gift. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer but fortunately, I was picked to attend the NYC retreat. My family and I (boys ages 7 and 8) got to bond with other families where a parent has cancer and learn different coping techniques. My husband and I also were able to talk about things that we were 'scared to bring' up in a safe and nourishing environment. The sites we visited were bar none! This is an outstanding organization with the best staff and volunteers. They have truly become a part of my family!
Inheritance of Hope is one of the most amazing organizations I have ever encountered. The legacy retreats offered to families with a sick parent are very well thought through, every details is taken care of and families are able to create memories and meet other families in similar circumstances. I have worked as a volunteer during a retreat and have also participated in Team Inheritance of Hope to help raise funds to support the costs of holding retreats. Runners are supported very well, with Team IOH, through the process of fund raising and with training and race details. The Inheritance of Hope website is a great resource for information about running and also to connect with some of the stories of families who have participated in retreat weekends.