Earlier 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.
The following is part of Inheritance of Hope co-founder Kristen Milligan's Bible study series. If your church, Bible study, team, or group has interest in experiencing together this study from Kristen's unique perspective as a nine-year cancer survivor, simply contact Aaron@InheritanceOfHope.org.
I have come across many people in the past several years who talk excitedly about a very exclusive club -- the Cancer Club. There is no ID card or dues expected when you are a member of this club. There are no official meetings, no speakers, no banquets. The only requirement to join is an unexpected and dreaded diagnosis. It is, in essence, an imaginary club with very real members. Members who are hurting and afraid.
I have always found talk about this club a bit odd. I was resistant to joining, but apparently once you qualify you have no choice.
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.
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.
Peace. It does not mean being in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
How do you do that? When there are true storms pounding down on us and looming in the distance how do we remain calm in our hearts? How do we "dance in the rain"?
Have you ever had a season in your life (either long or short lived) when you felt like you just could not make sense of the world around you? Like everything swirling around you was just too big to grasp? Maybe you have heard a bit of bad news & then more follows. Or you get a good report at the doctor only to be followed by something else going awry a few weeks later. It could even be as simple as not understanding why your heart feels the way it does & why it hurts so badly.
USA TODAY's Nashville music critic Brian Mansfield was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 48. He now chronicles his life with the disease - and with only a small part of his colon - in a series of weekly installments.
Below is a segments from a recent article in USA Today titled My Semicolon Life: What to say to a Cancer Patient:
What's the very best thing you can hear from a friend when you've got cancer?
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:
After recalibrating their regard for the holiness of God and the ark, David leads Israel by bringing the ark into Jerusalem. David knows how to make an entrance! 2 Samuel 6:12-19 and 1 Chronicles 15-16 depict an exuberant celebration. There are many instruments making music, singers, sacrifices, offerings, free food, and a scantily clad king.