Why 90% is better than 100% this year

I could have simply put the title of this piece as "moderation=success", but that could have been mistaken and left to thought from a subjective perspective. Therefore, because I wanted to be more concrete and objective with this piece, I'm tying in ab2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_0422.jpg percentage that you should always keep in the back of your mind. That percentage for your new year is 90% 

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Team Spotlight: Teresa Meier

As an endurance athlete, Teresa Meier knows a thing or two about perseverance. And as an oncology pharmacist, she is familiar with the effects of cancer.  Those two roles have helped make her a champion of Inheritance of Hope (IoH) and strengthened her conviction that leaving a legacy is one thing cancer cannot take away from anyone.
“Raising money for research is very important. But what I love about IoH is that they make an impact on families TODAY. IoH focuses on developing a legacy, living right now and creating memories. Those are things that cancer cannot take away from you.”

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Thankful for Legacies: Larisa Gjivoje, Team Inheritance of Hope

Our founder, Kristen Milligan, left a profound legacy with her family and the families we serve. As we approach the second anniversary of her death, we showcase members of our Inheritance of Hope family and what legacy means to them.
Larisa Gjivoje ran the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon with Team Inheritance of Hope. She raised $8,301 -- more than enough to send an entire family to a Legacy Retreat®
The Legacy of Love: My parents created a loving home environment. We told each other "I love you" when leaving for the day, ending our phone calls, going to bed, and many other times. My husband and I do the same in our family with two young children. Expressing love for each other is powerful and everlasting.
The Legacy of Family Togetherness: My family usually ate dinner together, which was a tough feat. Because both of my parents worked, it was late sometimes. But the trade-off was priceless; it was an important tradition to share each other's day and be connected. My mom even insisted on candlelight during our meals. My husband and I follow this legacy with our children –- and even use candles!

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Dalzell Coaching

Inheritance of Hope has partnered with Dalzell Coaching.  While the partnership will be an incredible asset to our Team IOH athletes, there’s more to the story.  Meet Derek Dalzell…

Growing up as a child without a parent is without a doubt the hardest thing that I’ve encountered in my short life. At the age of 10, I lost my father, who was my best friend. I went through most of my childhood feeling like

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Volunteer Spotlight: Chantel Azevedo

Nearly 200 volunteers participated in Inheritance of Hope’s 2nd Annual Legacy Run! This year, Team IoH Director, Candice Walsh, identified Chantel Azevedo to serve as Volunteer Coordinator. A native of Toronto, Chantel graduated from Brevard College in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies with an emphasis in Political Science and Communications. Her leadership was critical to the success of the Legacy Run.

As Volunteer Coordinator, Chantel coordinated, planned, and managed all aspects of volunteer initiatives. In addition to race day volunteer communications and responsibilities, she also planned and managed the volunteer work-night and volunteer appreciation dinner. Chantel’s leadership was also integral to the efficiency of the Pre-race Pasta Dinner and Bib Pick-Up event. Thank you, Chantel!

Chantel (second from right) with a few of her fellow Legacy Run volunteers.

How did you become involved with Inheritance of Hope?
As a senior student-athlete at Brevard College last April 2013, I volunteered my time to help with the first annual Legacy Run Pasta Dinner and Bib Pick-Up at the Brevard Community Church.  At the time, I did not know what the Legacy Run was nor who Inheritance of Hope was.

I had so much fun meeting many of the runners who were going to be participating in the race the next day and as a bonus, the pasta dinner was excellent!  As the night progressed, the time came when Executive Director Deric Milligan as well as Director Candice Walsh were scheduled to be on stage to talk about Inheritance of Hope.

After they each spoke, I began to have a true understanding of what Inheritance of Hope was as well as why they were putting on the Legacy Run.  After watching the video of Inheritance of Hope’s founding story, I became hooked.  The video and message truly touched my heart and I was so honored to be volunteering my time for such an amazing cause.

On Saturday after the race was over, I was so touched and moved by everything that I learned about this charity and everyone that I met who was involved with them, that I reached out to Candice and asked her if there was any way that I could continue to be involved with IoH.  I explained to her how moved I was by the IoH’s message and story that I knew I had to someway continue to give of my time and stay involved.

What surprised you most about working with Inheritance of Hope?
What surprised me most about working with Inheritance of Hope was learning that there are many, many families who are affected by the loss of a parent with a life-threatening illness.   By realizing this fact and knowing that my work was helping to give these families hope, I felt honored that I was able to play an important role.

What was your greatest reward in your work?
The greatest reward that I had while working with Inheritance of Hope was the true understanding that all of the time, effort, and hard work that I was putting in was all for an amazing cause!  Not only was I helping to make race day run smoothly, I was also helping families and friends of families who are struggling with a life-threatening illness, which was the most important thing.

Each day, as I worked on various tasks regarding the Legacy Run, I was constantly reminded of the reasons as to why I reached out to Candice in the first place and why this organization touched my heart.  I knew that I was meant to be a part of Inheritance of Hope from the moment I began volunteering last year and I feel so blessed that this year I was able to take on a much bigger role in the planning and organization of the Legacy Run for Inheritance of Hope.

The Legacy Run is an amazing event!  It is such a fun day filled with the support and love from family and friends. By either walking, running, or volunteering, you are helping a family in need. The Legacy Run is not about what place you come in or what your 5K time is, but it is about inspiring hope in families who are facing the loss of a parent.

Inheritance of Hope and the Legacy Run have truly changed my life.  I am so proud and honored to say that I was able to be a part of Team Inheritance of Hope this year.  I will forever support this organization and the true mission that they have set out to accomplish!

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Fall Races

The 2013 fall race season has begun!  Team Inheritance of Hope runners will be found in 4 amazing races.

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Inaugural Legacy Run 15K/5K/Kids' Fun Run Recap

Almost 370 participants, over 100 volunteers, HUGE community support and God's smile ... the Inheritance of Hope 2013 Legacy Run 15K, 5K and Kids' 1/2 Mile Fun Run took place on April 27, 2013.  Gathering at Brevard College, Brevard, NC, for festivities and the start and finish - it was a great time for all!

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2012 Asheville Citizen-Times 5K and Half Marathon

45 Team IOH runners hit the Asheville, NC, streets Saturday morning, September 15th, taking part in the 2012 Asheville Citizen-Times 5K and Half Marathon.  Families and individuals joined forces - in support of families served by Inheritance of Hope.DSC_0135

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My Team IOH Experience ~ (running an individual race)

Anna's family

Anna's family

Anna contacted me last January.  She said she was interested in running the Disneyland Half Marathon, September 2, 2012 to support Inheritance of Hope.  Team IOH does not participate as a team in the Disneyland Half but Anna still wanted to raise funds and run the race for IOH families!  Throughout the year, many runners do the same. They run halfs, marathons, mud runs, tris, and 5ks as individual runners.  It's their way of running beside and supporting the families that Inheritance of Hope serves.  Thank you, Anna, for sharing this wonderful story ... and thank you for raising over $1500!   ~Lisa

Submitted by Anna Pasquarella

As a member of a family living with cancer, I know how easy it can be to get overwhelmed. That was why I chose to run for Inheritance of Hope; because I’ve been there, and because I felt that a cause that could make the process easier for someone else  was absolutely worth working for.

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Tribute to Gerry Moors

Gerry Moors with his daughter Maryalice

Gerry Moors with his daughter Maryalice

Today we pause to honor the memory of our friend Gerry Moors.  Gerry, of Pine Bush, NY, died on August 25 at the age of 78.  He had been diagnosed with mesothelioma lung cancer in September 2009.  Along with his wife, Joan, and his daughter, Maryalice, Gerry organized the Gerry Moors Golf Outing at Winding Hills Golf Course in Montgomery, NY, beginning in 2010.  Inheritance of Hope was the sole benefactor of those efforts, which raised over $34,000 in support of young families facing a parent's life-threatening illness.

Gerry will be remembered as a generous and caring friend.  Maryalice said the following about his support of Inheritance of Hope:

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How Do I Get Started Fundraising??

Fundraising can be scary ... and can be overwhelming for some of us.  And these feelings can lead to putting off getting started.  I know, because I've been there.  But, I've learned that fundraising isn't so hard or scary, and can even be invigorating.

"If you run without any reason, you are just chasing the wind." - Wesley Korir, 2012 Boston Marathon winner

So, how do I get started fundraising??

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Inheritance of Hope will be 5 on May 21st!

June 2011 Legacy Retreat

June 2011 Legacy Retreat Toddler Group

Inheritance of Hope will be celebrating its 5th birthday next Monday, May 21st!  I have watched the growth of Inheritance of Hope and its subsequent outreach to 99 families since its inception in 2007.  I have watched my friends, Deric and Kristen Milligan, Inheritance of Hope founders, take up the challenge to live vibrantly after a diagnosis that would send most of us staggering.

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Run the 2012 ING NYC Marathon!

The New York Road Runner's have chosen Team IOH to be a part of the 2012 ING NYC Marathon charity program.  With the 5 spots awarded, the Team IOH goal is to raise at least $50,000 (each team member with a goal of $10,000), which will send 10 families on the NYC Legacy Retreat this November. One spot on the team is still available.


Contact Lisa Duscio,, if you are interested in joining this inaugural Team IOH NYC Marathon team.  If you are a runner, you don't want to miss the opportunity to run this prestigious marathon on November 4th and support IOH families.  With just one spot left, you need to act fast.

"What's it like to run the NYC Full?"...

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Extreme Training


Extreme Waterfall after Rain

It's that time of year to start thinking about a training plan for your summer or fall race.  Training for a race can often be extreme... like, going out on a 20 mile run on a Saturday morning ... or, swimming a mile and then jumping on your bike for a 10 mile sprint.  It's going through the extremes that helps you to enjoy the journey.  The extremes condition you so you can cover the distance with less pain.  Today I want to tell you about an extreme journey taken by my friend Angela Bailey...

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Running Inspiration

The NYC Half Marathon is coming up on March 18.  (We still have a few bibs left if you would like to join us!)  As a race approaches, I often ponder how important the runners are to our organization.  The funds raised by our runners are critical to sustaining and growing the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreats.  These retreats are one of the main outreaches of IOH, reaching families across the nation with hope and support for their journey facing a life-threatening diagnosis.

I was privileged to participate in this February's Disney Legacy Retreat that took place a couple weeks ago.  12 families attended - and lives were impacted and changed - in both families attending and volunteers serving.

2012 Disney Legacy Retreat Group Shot

2012 Disney Legacy Retreat Group Shot

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Run...Walk...Finish! A Team IOH runner's story

How many times have we gotten to a point in life where we feel we can't go any further?  Often, the way we make it through those times is through the help and encouragement of a friend.  In this blog, Lara Miller shares her experience about joining Team IOH for the Disney Marathon on January 8, 2012 - and the blessing of becoming friends and running with Nicole.

Lara and Nicole at mile 10, 2012 Disney Marathon

Lara and Nicole at mile 10, 2012 Disney Marathon

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A Family Fiesta!

The Spears' Family at the Team IOH Pasta Dinner

The Spears' Family at the Team IOH Pasta Dinner

Team IOH participated in the Disney Marathon Weekend last weekend in Orlando, FL.  Runners participated in the marathon, half-marathon, Goofy's challenge and the 5K.  Today, Kasandra Spears will tell us of her family's experience in participating in the Family Fiesta 5K - which took place Friday morning.  The Spears' participated in the 2010 NYC Legacy Retreat, and as you will read, wanted the opportunity to 'give back' to IOH.

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Disney Weekend 2012


Team IOH will be represented in four of the five 2012 Disney Marathon weekend events coming up this weekend!  We are excited that an IOH family that attended the November 2010 NYC Legacy Retreat will be participating in the 5K!

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Christmas Joy


I recently received an email that linked to an article called "50 Economic Numbers That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe".  The article was a slide show with captions covering how badly (even worse than we think) the economy is performing ranging from unemployment to debt to homelessness to foreclosures.  The article made me think about the cares of this world stealing our joy...

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A Thankful Heart


I've been a member of the 2011 NYC Legacy Retreat Fans Group these past few days.  This group was set up in the IOH Community on the Inheritance of Hope website to follow the 'latest' as the Legacy Retreat unfolded.  Sixteen families from across the nation gathered in NYC to create family memories and build a community of support as they all had in common a parent diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  As I watched the Retreat unfold since this past Sunday, I have had an overwhelming sense of thanksgiving...

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