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God is Always Faithful - May 2017

Heather originally shared this in preparation for the May 6 Hunter Subaru Legacy Run.

 

When life is challenging, even though I know I am doing what God has called me to do, I often forget that He wants me to succeed and delights in blessing me!  The staff and volunteers of Inheritance of Hope earnestly seek God's face and His will and strive to know and follow His word. 


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Inspirer Spotlight: Zach Austin

Zachary Austin, 13, of Brevard, NC, first learned about Inheritance of Hope (IoH) when two of his friends were given the opportunity to attend a Legacy Retreat®. Erik and Jason Crawford went with their parents, John and Heather, on the Orlando Legacy Retreat® in August of 2014. Zach knew the Crawford family well since John was also his Boy Scouts leader.


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Resurrection Christian School's "Penny Wars" Raise $17,000!

Carol Lacert and Theresa Whyard-McKinley, whose families have both been impacted by terminal illness, love helping other families in similar situations enjoy Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreats®.  They enthusiastically fundraise so that more families from Northern Colorado can have the Legacy Retreat® experience.  They recently joined forces with Resurrection Christian School in Loveland, Colorado, with great success.


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Biblical Hospitality - March 2017

Biblical hospitality is something that Inheritance of Hope does well, particularly as we receive families at Legacy Retreats.

 

Biblical hospitality is not about the hotel industry or inviting friends over for dinner.


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February 2017 Orlando Legacy Retreat® Recap

For the first time ever, Inheritance of Hope families enjoyed an Orlando Legacy Retreat® in the luxurious accommodations of Embassy Suites by Hilton. On Feb. 24-27, 8 families from across the country had fun with 2 days at Universal Studios and a day at SeaWorld. Beyond the memories, they gained community, tools, and hope to navigate the challenges of a parent's terminal illness. 

 

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November 2016 NYC Legacy Retreat® Recap

The November 2016 NYC Legacy Retreat® was our largest retreat yet in New York! 21 families braved cold and windy conditions to make priceless memories and begin forming lasting legacies. This event also marked the 25th Legacy Retreat® in our history.

 

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October 2016 Orlando Legacy Retreat® Recap

Not even a hurricane could stop 17 families from enjoying our Orlando Legacy Retreat® on Oct. 8-11! Thanks to a team of dedicated and adaptable volunteers and the above-and-beyond hospitality of the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando - Disney Springs Area, families relaxed, made priceless memories, formed strong friendships, and began creating hope-filled legacies.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Nate Most

Repeat volunteer Nate Most first heard of Inheritance of Hope at a small tractor dealership in his hometown of Brady, Nebraska.  A rancher, Nate was simply doing business and was surprised when a stranger who had come in for oil approached him and told about how his own family had been blessed by an IoH Legacy Retreat®.  The story resonated with Nate since his wife of 25 years, Amy, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.


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Volunteer Spotlight: Haylee Bunner

Haylee Bunner turned in her Inheritance of Hope volunteer application as soon as she could--the very day she turned 18. She had been waiting for the chance to serve families like hers for quite some time. Haylee, her brother Cameron, and their parents Matthew and Kim attended an Orlando Legacy Retreat® in May 2012. Kim passed away a little over a year later.

 

“I knew that volunteering was something my mom would have done had she been healed.“  Haylee describes Kim as someone who loved to help other people. “To know that her death gave me the ability to understand much of what these families are going through would have given her peace.”


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Group Improv and God's Song - March 2016

As I began to prepare my mind and spirit for the January 2016 Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat®, I was also preparing my two boys for a music camp that they would be attending the weekend I was away.  Each of my boys is fairly musical, and this camp’s focus was on “musical improv.”  Up until this time, the boys’ instruction had been extremely methodical, rote, and memorized.  I was eager to see how they would do with this new introduction to flexibility and freedom.


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Inspiring Hope at the IRONMAN World Championship

On October 10th, professional triathlete and Inheritance of Hope supporter Ruth Brennan Morrey, Ph.D., competed in the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  She's 1 of only 9 American women to compete in the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run, and she finished 23rd among professional female athletes worldwide. Due to her years of training, Ruth has a unique perspective on resilience, perseverance, and faith. She also turned 40 years old on race day!

 

Ruth served as a counselor on the Inheritance of Hope (IoH) NYC Legacy Retreat® in November 2014, and she raised money for IoH as part of her desire to give back through her IRONMAN experience. Her supporters rallied around her passion for families facing the loss of a parent, raising nearly $5,000!  Her efforts will fully fund 1 family's NYC Legacy Retreat® next month -- an opportunity to make precious memories while they are still able!

 

Ruth has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a focus in health psychology, thus she brings a strong skill set to her involvement with IoH. Here, we asked Ruth a few questions prior to her race and heard her thoughts on how her experiences relate to IoH and life at large.


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Home Away from Home

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A Fabulous Home in New York's Hudson Valley

 

A house of worship.

A place of meeting.

A beautifully-decorated oasis.

A home for many.

A warm and comfortable retreat.

A nearness to God.


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Wet Weather Doesn’t Stop Community From Inspiring Hope: Brevard Residents Take Top Honors

On Saturday, April 25th, hundreds of runners and walkers from the Brevard, North Carolina, community inspired hope by participating in the 3rd annual Legacy Run presented by Hunter Subaru, Food Matters Market, and Brevard First United Methodist Church. The event served as a fundraiser for Inheritance of Hope, a local non-profit organization that inspires hope in young families facing the loss of a parent. 100% of the event proceeds will go toward hosting more families at a Legacy Retreat®, an all-expenses-paid experience where families create lifelong memories and receive tools to navigate the challenges of a parent’s terminal illness.

 

After a pre-race celebration dinner at Brevard Community Church on Friday, April 24th, runners and walkers of all ages embraced the wet weather conditions on race day in the “Heart of Brevard.” Participants were led by Subaru pace cars, provided by presenting sponsor Hunter Subaru, through beautiful Brevard while children enjoyed many kids’ activities on Main Street before the popular Kids’ Fun Run. All participants enjoyed fruit and Kind bars before the race and delicious, healthy bagged lunches after the race, compliments of presenting sponsor Food Matters Market and Café.


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Coordinator Spotlight: Kim Loving

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Kim Loving was first introduced to Inheritance of Hope (IoH) through a letter from a volunteer.  Kim and Natalie Lindell lived in the same neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida.  Natalie had volunteered on several Legacy Retreats® and had heard about Kim, a young mother who was battling breast cancer for the second time.  Natalie dropped off a note about the organization and its retreats at Kim’s house.

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Donor Spotlight: Sandy Huffstetler

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Sandy Huffstetler gives to Inheritance of Hope because she strives to be intentional in how she lives each day.
 
“The emphasis IOH places on living intentionally really resonated with me. Love is a verb. We should always be asking ourselves what we are doing to show love.”

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An Instrument of Peace

St. Francis of Assisi largerEarlier this week, my family and I were walking on the grounds of a chapel in St. Augustine, FL.  While strolling through this beautifully manicured piece of our nation's history, I came across a statue of St. Francis of Assisi, who is highly revered in the Catholic church.  Next to the statue was a prayer that is often associated with St.Francis.  As I read the prayer, my heart was immediately grabbed by how closely this prayer parallels the heartfelt service offered by Inheritance of Hope volunteers.


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The Whole Body

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I am not a very fast typist. However, to my children (ages 10 and 8) I am a superstar typist.

When my children walk into the room and I am working on my computer they usually comment on how fast my fingers are moving on the keyboard.  They are amazed at the clicking sound my nails make when I type quickly and they often try to replicate it when they play on the computer. Clearly, my fingers are important for typing but my brain, my eyes, and my internal organs are all functioning to help me.


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Cheerleader

I am not a runner!!!!  There is no question about that.  DSC_0020

 

I actually have said, "One thing I will NEVER do in my life is a marathon....I have no desire!" I do, however, have several friends who have committed to running marathons for Inheritance of Hope and I woke up at 3 am and stood in freezing conditions for hours to cheer them on during their route.DSC_0022

 God created me to be a cheerleader.  I like to stand on the sidelines and cheer (LOUDLY and EXCITEDLY) for people.  So, why am I now signed up and training to run (walk) 26.2 miles???  Two reasons:


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Bittersweet

Three days ago we arrived as virtual strangers, and now we are saying goodbye to wonderful friends.

There is no doubt everyone involved in this 2011 Disney Legacy Retreat, from staff and volunteers to family members, is leaving this weekend changed.  Tommy Booth said that the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat was perfect for his family: "I've never seen my mom smile this much."


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The Magic Continues

This post was authored by Inheritance of Hope volunteer Mary Finch.

Today the families got to explore the Disney Parks once again.  Some chose to see wildlife in Animal Kingdom while others chose to check out the classics in the Magic Kingdom.  Either way, a fun time was had by all.

The Hurlbut family especially had fun visiting the main attractions at Epcot including, but by no means limited to, Soarin’, Test Track, and Ellen’s Dream.


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