The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
I am happy to share a blog post from Michael Chappell. Michael ran with Team Inheritance of Hope in the 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon. It was his first marathon – a memorable experience because of it being his first … as well as the fact that the temperature was crazy cold – about 30 degrees! Michael shined as he ran for the families attending the Disney retreat that same weekend. Inspired by this event Michael went from running for families, to running with his family. Michael will share a memorable experience running with his family this past year…
It's been an active fall for Team Inheritance of Hope. November saw our participation in two races on the west coast, the sold out Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay, CA and the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon.
It is hard to believe we have only known each other 3 days. These past few days have really bonded us all together in such a wonderful and special way. The children created some very special relationships with our volunteers and staff. I heard more then one of them say they "don't want to leave" (Gage) and "wish they could stay together longer." (Jordan and Justin) This children are leaving with some amazing memories with their families, some wonderful new friendships with the volunteers and other family members and some tools to help manage and work through their personal struggles and fears.
The weather continued to amaze us all day today as the temperatures remained around 60 degrees all afternoon and evening. The families walked about 4 blocks to Radio City Music Hall after lunch and enjoyed the legendary Christmas Spectacular Show featuring the Rockettes. The children and adults alike were thrilled with the show and also the drinks and popcorn they got to enjoy during it.
Another beautiful day in the city. We enjoyed another magnificent breakfast at the Hotel Novotel at 8:30 this morning. While we ate, we watched four guys change a large billboard. It was impressive to watch, especially at eye level! The weather is warmer today. As I write, it's 64 degrees - toasty considering it's almost December.
After breakfast, everyone headed up to 73rd for our meeting time. Parents had a great session talking about legacy. Linda Stoll, the counselor who skillfully facilitates these sessions said "the session went fabulously and the parents did great work."
Today was an amazing day! We kicked off this morning with a yummy breakfast at the Hotel Novotel enjoying the view of Times Square as we munched on french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins and fruit. The Elliott boys were particularly thrilled at the large steaming mugs of hot cocoa delivered to their table. Following breakfast we had our morning session together. The children had a blast with some very creative activities involving a lot of exploding water and a messy swamp...I will leave it at that to keep the surprise in tact for future Legacy Retreat families.
Times Square was hopping tonight! After our meeting time together we headed down to Times Square Hard Rock Cafe and it was the place to be!!! There were people everywhere. Many of us got to see ourself on the HUGE electronic billboard as we walked through the crowded square. Some of us even watched a man propose to a woman right there in the middle of Times Square with a camera projecting them onto the big screen. (She said, "Yes")
Today the Inheritance of Hope volunteers and staff have visited LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports and welcomed 7 families from Florida, West Virginia, Oregon, Utah, Texas, and Georgia. We are pleased to share that all the families arrived on time and with all their luggage. They drove over a bridge or through a tunnel to the island of Manhattan to the Hotel Novotel. The view from this magnificent hotel looks out over Times Square. Within minutes of arriving