Team Inheritance of Hope had a strong showing in the 2011 NYC Half Marathon. 21 runners raised over $35,000 to support young families with a parent experiencing a life-threatening illness.
It is believed that a traveler once told the early American novelist James Fenimore Cooper, upon visiting Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains in 1824, “that here was the very scene for a romance.” Two years later, Cooper wrote his most famous novel, The Last of the Mohicans, set in the tourist destination 200 miles north of New York City.
The picturesque location has been the setting of important moments in the lives of Al and Lucia Rein, including their honeymoon in 1994.
Going Goofy: Disney runs benefit Inheritance of Hope
By Caroline Maynard Lamar Special to The Daily Times
I wasn’t born a marathoner. For much of my life I regarded people who ran those kind of distances with a mixture of fear and awe. But there I was in the fall of 2007, crossing the finish line of my first 26.2 mile race. Immediately I knew that I had to run another one, so in 2009 I traveled to Orlando to run the Disney World Marathon. While I was there I learned that Disney offered a special medal, a Goofy medal, to runners who completed both the half marathon and the full marathon on back-to-back days. With that knowledge, I knew I had to be a Disney racer at least one more time.
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."
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.
After another morning of productive group time gaining tools to navigate the challenges they face, families set off for the Disney parks with their park hopper passes. Despite the crazy winter weather moving through the Southeast, we had another sunny day in Orlando with highs in the 60's.
No doubt this day was special! All of the families had a wonderful time in the Disney Parks and there were lots of smiles and stories to share this evening.
Please check out all the twitter feeds to read the moment by moment action by each family. I must admit I have delegated out my "tweeting" to a very lovely and capable volunteer named Jacey. She is gifted with words and enthusiasm and I know she enjoys keeping everyone up-to-date with the families and activities of this Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat. (Thanks Jacey!)