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Shelby Jo Lewis and her “Momma Project”

Shelby Jo Lewis and her “Momma Project”
Shelby Jo Lewis is no stranger to most of our Inheritance of Hope families.  A 13-time Legacy Retreat ® volunteer and our former social media intern, Shelby not only knows hundreds of IoH families, but she is part of one herself.  So, when her name p...
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Inheritance of Hope Announces New CEO

Inheritance of Hope Announces New CEO
At Inheritance of Hope, we recently marked 14 years of serving families facing the loss of a parent.  Deric Milligan, who Co-Founded IoH with his late wife Kristen, has been at the helm the entire time. Now, with confidence, Deric will transition int...
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Meet Kim Bohannon, our newest board member

Meet Kim Bohannon, our newest board member
Kim Bohannon and her family were introduced to Inheritance of Hope just when they needed us most--on an IoH Legacy Retreat ® in May 2015 when her husband was living with the terminal diagnosis of Multiple System Atrophy.   The Bohannon family had ver...
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Legacy Builder Series: Meet Bekka Adam, IoH family-member-served and donor who always sees what’s possible

Legacy Builder Series: Meet Bekka Adam, IoH family-member-served and donor who always sees what’s possible
It’s not hard to imagine Bekka Adam as a mermaid--yes, you read that right--a mermaid.  Once you hear this award-winning belly dancer talk about her philosophy, it is easy to see how magical thinking has led her to a place of generosity, because Bekk...
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Legacy Builder Series: Meet Abigail Harder, one of our youngest Legacy Builders

Legacy Builder Series: Meet Abigail Harder, one of our youngest Legacy Builders
If “the world of the generous gets larger and larger” (Proverbs 11:24), then Abigail Harder’s world will be mighty large indeed.  One of our youngest Legacy Builders, Abigail was first introduced to Inheritance of Hope as a family-member-served on ou...
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21 ways to start building your legacy today

21 ways to start building your legacy today
Inheritance of Hope was founded on May 21, 2007, and we mark this anniversary with a national celebration of legacy-building.  If you are not familiar with our story, IoH was started by Kristen and Deric Milligan after Kristen was diagnosed with a ra...
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Legacy Builder Series: Meet Martha Tofteland, former family-member-served making a difference for others

“Legacy Builder” describes Martha Tofteland perfectly.  Not only did she help her late husband Ryan leave tangible evidence of his love for their young children, but she donates monthly to Inheritance of Hope so that other families might access the same resources that helped them.  The Toftelands attended an IoH Legacy Retreat® to California when their children were just six and three years old.  Nervous about how sensitive topics might be introduced to their kids, who had not yet heard their dad described as “sick,” the Toftelands found that IoH gave Ryan courage and tools to begin the heartbreaking, yet vital task of creating legacy items for Finn and Liv, now ages nine and six.

 

The Toftelands hold on to smiles like these from their IoH Legacy Retreat® in 2018. Ryan passed away 18 months later, in February 2020, at the age of 40.

The Toftelands hold on to smiles like these from their IoH Legacy Retreat® in 2018. Ryan passed away 18 months later, in February 2020, at the age of 40.

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Legacy Builder Series: Meet Jason Crawford, middle-schooler who wants other kids facing the terminal illness of a parent to know they are not alone.

“Happiness comes from knowing you’ve helped someone,” says Jason Crawford, age 11.  As our youngest Legacy Builder, Jason would certainly know.  Earlier this year, he made the commitment to give monthly to Inheritance of Hope so that other kids could have the same experience he had when he was just five.


Jason remembers only a few details from his family’s IoH Legacy Retreat® to Orlando--riding Splash Mountain and being tickled by his dad--but he does remember feeling loved.  Less than two years later, Jason’s dad John passed away from ALS.  Jason particularly wants other kids in the same situation to know that they are not alone, because he understands exactly what that can feel like, “I did feel alone at some points, but people helped me. My mom, my family, and my friends.”  And, IoH.

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What a “Volunteer” means at Inheritance of Hope: Judy Guerra and Colleen Urlaub on their unexpected friendship

Inheritance of Hope volunteers mean it when they call a family “theirs.”  Just ask Colleen Urlaub and Judy Guerra.  Judy was the volunteer paired with Colleen’s family at the Orlando Legacy Retreat® in February 2019, and the two former strangers are now family. 

 

Brad, Christel, Ashley, and Colleen Urlaub with Judy Guerra (far right) in Orlando

 

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Make it a Family Game Night!

Facing yet another Friday night “in?”  Squares on your calendar a little too blank?  Kids whining “I’m bored” over and over?  Inheritance of Hope can help!

 

 

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