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“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.
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|
How can we continue to support a family after their loved one has passed away? At Inheritance of Hope, our goal is to purposefully be with those left behind, to walk alongside those who grieve. We know we could never fill the emptiness that remains, but we also know this space still beautifully holds memories and much, much more. We acknowledge the loss just as we celebrate life and love.
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|
“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.
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®|