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Over 1,000 people attend our first-ever Inheritance of Hope Family Reunion!

Who has been to a family reunion with former NFL players, the author of a beloved young adult adventure series, award-winning musicians, and THE Soul Surfer? We have!

 

All that was missing from our Inheritance of Hope eReunion were those extra pieces of your great-aunt's famous pie and her overzealous cheek pinches.  We even had a treasure hunt!

 

Breakout sessions ranged from yoga to financial planning and everything in between. Just as with our Legacy Retreats®, we had three goals: to help families make precious memories together, provide community, and give families facing the loss of a parent tools for what they face.  

 

Missed a session because there were just too many you wanted to attend? We will be sharing select video recordings soon! 

 

If home is where your family is, don’t forget your IoH family is always right there with you-- connect with us, and join the momentum.  Make your #GivingTuesday page, share your IoH story, and don’t be a stranger--we want to see you all again before our next reunion!

 

Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton shared the five key principles she uses to ADAPT to any challenge
Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton shared the five key principles she uses to ADAPT to any challenge

 

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And Baby Makes Four: The Lannan Family Lives Intentionally by Welcoming a New Life

Elliot Lannan entered a drastically different world than the one her big brother Noah, age 20, was born into.  Arriving in June, smack in the middle of a pandemic, her early days have been shaped by the pace of quarantine.  When Noah takes a study break, it’s Elliot he seeks out, and since her parents are working from home, they document (almost) every gummy smile and marvel at every baby belly laugh.  In the evenings, she bops along to frequent dance parties, listens to the music of Jeffrey James, and, from the comfort of her bouncy seat, observes the occasional ultra-competitive Rummikub game.  Like many families, the Lannans are embracing the extra time they have together.  But, the contrast between her childhood and Noah’s doesn't stop there, because Elliot will never know a family not marred by cancer. 

 

Elliot Lannan, at five months old. Photo credit: Halli Lannan
Elliot Lannan, at five months old. Photo credit: Halli Lannan
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A Marathon of One: Dana Gilmour Runs the Chicago Marathon Solo, but He is never Alone

On October 11, 2020,  Dana Gilmour ran the Chicago Marathon, by himself, near his home of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  He was the only runner in this race, but he wasn’t alone.  Friends, supporters, his children, and women affected in some way by breast cancer joined him for the last few miles, and all along the route he carried the legacy of his late wife Amy.

 

Dana with his supporters, the proudest of whom are his children.  Son Davin shared, “I thought he did a really good job because he completed his goals of raising money.”
Dana with his supporters, the proudest of whom are his children.  Son Davin shared, “I thought he did a really good job because he completed his goals of raising money.”
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Waiting Room 2.0: A Timely Message for 2020

 

 

October 26 marks eight years since our Co-Founder Kristen Milligan passed away.  Kristen spent too much time in the gray space of uncertainty--waiting at doctor’s offices, waiting for test results, waiting for a cure. In 2010, she wrote about this state of living in one of her blog posts titled “Waiting Room.”  

 

In fact, each of us spends our entire life in the ‘waiting room,’ wondering what God’s plan is and wrestling to discern His purpose for us, all the while struggling against it because we would prefer to think we know best.  A major life event like a surgery or life-threatening illness only brings that reality to the fore.” 

 

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Family Spotlight: The Baird Family Finds Hope One Day at a Time

Family Spotlight: The Baird Family Finds Hope One Day at a Time
    “We just take it one day at a time.  One day at a time.”  This is how Bryant Baird is coping as a newly single father.  The Baird family has suffered some hard hits this year--his father in law died one month to the day before Bryant’s wife Cryst...
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Homemade Lemonade turns into Funds for Inheritance of Hope

 

 

For months, Leeland Garrison heard about Inheritance of Hope.  His school raised money to send families on Legacy Retreats®, and then his dad became a retreat volunteer last November.  A friend attended the April 2020 eLegacy Retreat, and by July, Leeland decided he wanted to be involved himself. So, the entrepreneurial rising fourth-grader and budding philanthropist organized a lemonade stand. 

 

“I had the idea to do one a couple of years ago, but we just never followed through with it,” he says.  “But I started learning a lot about IoH, and my dad went on a retreat, and all this crazy stuff happened like my friend’s mom got cancer.  So, my mom said we could have one on the Fourth of July.”  And have one they did.

 

Leeland’s marketing strategies helped him easily surpass his fundraising goal! 
Leeland’s marketing strategies helped him easily surpass his fundraising goal!

 

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Faces of Holley Day: Lynne Cao Shifts to Hope and Gratitude

 

 

“I always shift back to hope and gratitude,” says Lynne Cao on how she deals with her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.  She isn’t sure why.   Maybe it is because she has a good support system, maybe it is for her two young children, or maybe it is the undying optimism of an immigrant.  

 

Lynne Cao with her family--husband Mike and children Katherine and Carter--on their family’s IoH Legacy Retreat® to Orlando in February 2020
Lynne Cao with her family--husband Mike and children Katherine and Carter--on their family’s IoH Legacy Retreat® to Orlando in February 2020

 

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Family Spotlight: the Derricot Family is Praying through the Pandemic

 

 

“I pray, and pray, and pray, and then I pray some more,” shares Shirley Derricot on her approach to life.  She is honest--there is a lot to pray for, from staying safe during the pandemic to hoping that her two Black sons stay safe out in the world.

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Family Spotlight: The Dorado-Harrison Family’s Positive Mindset

 

 

For Jennifer Dorado, there is a way to live through a pandemic with metastatic breast cancer, “One day at a time.”  The 37-year-old mother of three, former competitive softball player, and unrelenting optimist has a simple but effective outlook, “A positive mind gives you a positive future.”  Staying upbeat as she wakes every day, and pushing through, no matter how sapped her energy may be, has helped her navigate the challenges of parenting with a terminal illness, because, she knows, “I have too much to fight for.” 

 

Jennifer Dorado’s family surrounds her with love on their IoH Legacy Retreat®
Jennifer Dorado’s family surrounds her with love on their IoH Legacy Retreat®
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Holley Rothell Kitchen's 3 Things

 

 

Inheritance of Hope spoke with two of Holley Kitchen’s sisters, Missy Hobbs and Teri Larcom. They shared with us three pieces of advice based on how Holley lived out her last months. Holley battled metastatic breast cancer and passed away in January 2016. She serves on as a champion for researching a cure and building an intentional legacy. We celebrate her on "Holley Day", October 13. 

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