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!
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.
We had a great time and the staff and volunteers were amazing. This experience meant a lot to our family.
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.
Inheritance of Hope was a answer to prayers for our family. My husband has been battling brain cancer for the past three years. We have been told to "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst", but how do you do that when you have young kids? The Inheritance of Hope Legacy retreat has helped us by giving us hope while also helping us prepare to leave a legacy for our kids. A few days after we returned from our retreat we learned my husband had a new tumor. Our kids, 8 and 10, where able to use the tools they learned in their sessions to help deal with their worried and fear. We were able to make memories as a families that our kids will be able to cherish forever. Inheritance of Hope has been a blessing for families like ours.
Facing a life threatening illness is tough, even devastating. Having an organization to help me, my husband, and our kids as we face this illness means that we are not alone- we have a community that helps us connect with others in a similar situation, gives us specific and practical tools, and even gives us opportunities to laugh and make memories along the way.
The Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat was a welcome chance to meet and talk with other families going through similar situations as well as trained counselors. The chance to create memories with our boys in NYC was truly amazing and special. I wish there was more down time to interact with the other families but understand that it is hard to balance ding group activities within the timeframe of the 3.5 days.
Inheritance of Hope far, far, far exceeds what we expect from a nonprofit organization. They have provided me and my family a tremendous amount of support in our most difficult of days, and continue to comfort us even to this day. We genuinely love this organization and are blessed to be part of the IoH family.
I appreciated this trip so much! When I was diagnosed with breast cancer so much fear and unknown hits you and your family. My husband urged us to not worry and turn it over to Jesus. Our children, son,8 and niece,10 were very upset. We discussed what might happen and explained how we had faith and all would work out. This helped them handle what may happen.
The trip was first class and tremendous for us all. IOH was very prepared, very generous, and organized so well that we could not think of anything that could have been done better. My husband and I have told many folks about IOH and have asked if they wanted to donate to a great organization, IOH was that.
I am so thankful that we were invited to participate in the trip as it made our children, my husband, and I realize so many people care for us during this time in my life.