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Times Square Countdown

When most people think about a Times Square countdown, they think of a giant ball being lowered from a tall pole in the center of New York City while millions of people count down to a new year. 

 

Confetti. Music. Celebration.   

 

Well, Inheritance of Hope is about to begin a Times Square countdown of our own, and we are going to focus on lifting the burdens and lightening the loads of 21 families from all over the country who have young children facing the loss of a parent.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Nick Davis

How did you learn about Inheritance of Hope (IoH)?
 
My brother, Michael, had discovered IoH while searching for a charity to run for in a marathon.  IoH instantly found a place in his heart, and he has since served on several Legacy Retreats®.
 
What made you decide to volunteer?
 
When my brother began to tell me about IoH, I felt a strong connection as we had lost our father, Allen Davis, when we were teenagers.  As Michael went on to serve on several retreats and my mother, Cheryl, got involved, the connection was too strong to ignore.  Living a couple hours away put to rest all the excuses of being too busy, and it was time to dive in head-first. 
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Volunteer Spotlight: Gabriella and Meredith Padgett

Inheritance of Hope has been blessed by many incredibly passionate and dedicated volunteers.  In fact, Inheritance of Hope’s mission of inspiring hope in young families facing the loss of a parent cannot be realized without them!  Our “Volunteer Spotlight” series is a way to celebrate these most selfless members of our Inheritance of Hope family. The Padgett sisters, Gabriella and Meredith, are great examples, serving at 5 Legacy Retreats® each.

How did you become involved with Inheritance of Hope (IoH)? 

Deric Milligan is our uncle so we have always known about Inheritance of Hope and have watched it grow. Before the May 2012 Legacy Retreat®

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Meet the Hull Family

“There’s a really big need to tell your story,” said Julie Hull of Eagan, Minn.

Julie’s husband, Ken, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer after a blood clot was found in his calf three years ago. Ken was a long-distance runner, and the cancer stunned Julie and their 12-year-old son, Sam.

“It drew us into a totally different plane,” Julie said.

Soon the Hulls were making routine hospital visits. Ken underwent 18 rounds of chemotherapy, 10 rounds of radiation, and two brain surgeries.

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Be Real

I read an article this week that really impacted me.  The writer sat at a playground with a friend/acquaintance and they chatted as they watched their kids play.  They had spent many hours at this playground on different days and yet they barely knew each other.  I mean, they knew the superficial basics about each other but they didn't REALLY know each other.

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Invisible Bucket

There is a beautiful blond 7 year old girl named Ana battling a brain tumor.  She already fought it once when she was three and then was given a break until this past Fall when it reared it's ugly head again.  Her parents are facing some very tough decisions regarding treatment and care.  I love what her mom writes in one of her updates. (Elsa is Ana's little sister.)

 

Elsa taught us about our invisible bucket one day after school. 

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Orlando . . . Here we come!

The January 2013 Orlando Legacy Retreat will kick off tomorrow!   This year, we have 16 families from around the country including: Arizona, North Carolina, New York, Indiana, California, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida, and Pennsylvania.  Similarly, our loving and servant-hearted volunteers are from Florida, Georgia, Colorado, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Maryland.

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It's a Small World

In just one week 16 families and 34 staff/volunteers will meet in Orlando for an amazing Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat.

We will travel from Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Michigan, Kansas, New York, Georgia, and North Carolina.

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A New Suitcase!

I have a great job.

I get to meet beautiful families that are faced with some difficulties and plan a dream vacation for them.

The absolute BEST part of my job is the phone call when I tell them it is their turn to go on this dream vacation.

Many people cry. They all echo words of gratitude and emotion. Many are overwhelmed and even slightly speechless.

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Rest in the Shade

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I spend a lot of my time these days out at a baseball field cheering on my seven year old son and his all-star team, the Stingrays. I enjoy watching them play and cheering them on.  One thing I do NOT enjoy is the unbearable heat that comes with June in Atlanta, GA.  There is certainly a reason people have nicknamed this great city "HOTlanta."

I am actually NOT complaining about the heat.  It is fine.  I have great perspective after living in Minnesota for 7 years. Truly I would rather sweat than freeze any day of the week.  However, in the same way it is essential to take cover indoors when the Minnesota temperature plummets below zero in January, it is equally as essential to take cover in shade when you are out in the 100 degree temperatures of June in North Georgia.

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