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Family Spotlight: Crawford and Loner Families

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If they stumble, the first will lift up his friend—but woe to anyone who is alone when he falls and there is no one to help him get up.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

 

One of the goals of Inheritance of Hope (IoH) is to connect families. Families who are grieving a life-changing diagnosis, struggling with fears, and facing new realities draw strength from each other as they share experiences and burdens.  Through IoH, new friendships are often formed that offer a depth of understanding many families can’t find elsewhere.

 

The support that is shared is sometimes intangible and immeasurable, yet always tremendous. Sometimes, the support may be tangible yet also tremendously immeasurable, as was the case when Heather Crawford donated a wheelchair van to fellow IoH family Craig and Dana Loner.


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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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Meet the Young Family

Phyllis Young learned about Inheritance of Hope when a local North Carolina television station featured the organization. She immediately knew her family would enjoy going to an IOH Legacy Retreat®.

“I knew we took things for granted and we needed to take some time to step back and enjoy being a family,” she said.


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Meet the Martin Family

When Amy Martin from North Carolina was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, her two oldest children, John and Jennifer, were respectively off at college and working in California. But her youngest, Lyndi, was 7 years old and still lived at home.  “She has grown up with the ups and downs of the cancer world,” Amy said. “You worry about


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Meet the Herbster Family

After nearly 18 years of marriage, Matt Herbster didn’t know how much more time he had with his high school sweetheart, Julie. She was 38 years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, and the disease quickly spread to her liver.


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Meet the Patwas

Amy and Adam Patwa attended an Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat® in Orlando with their daughter, Charis, in May 2012.

“The timing of it was totally perfect,” Amy said. “I can’t walk around Magic Kingdom today.”

She was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in summer 2010, but chemotherapy and radiation appeared to control the disease in a matter of months.

In spring 2011 Amy started having chest pains.


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Meet the Fortins

When the Fortin family from North Carolina -- Steve, Maureen, and their three children -- attended the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat® at Disney World in January 2011, Steve was in good health.

“He often says he feels funny because he was the healthiest sick person there,” Maureen said.

Steve uses a prosthetic leg after an amputation due to a sarcoma tumor.


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Meet the Dodds

“I’ve got a different perspective,” Tom Dodd said.

The engineer from Seneca, S.C. became a widower almost three years ago. Dodd and his two adopted sons moved closer to his parents, took a new job and remarried after the loss. He received support from friends and strangers, and now can reflect on the unanticipated blessings of his changed life.

“I see things from the other side of it,” he said.


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