Rawd Allen was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 1994, but February 2014 happened to be the opportune time to attend an Inheritance of Hope (IoH) Legacy Retreat®.
Inheritance of Hope has been blessed by many incredibly passionate and dedicated volunteers. In fact, Inheritance of Hope’s mission of inspiring hope in young families facing the loss of a parent cannot be realized without them! Our “Volunteer Spotlight” series is a way to celebrate these most selfless members of our Inheritance of Hope family.
A Legacy’s Life-Changing Impact
I still remember that day. It was just a typical September afternoon with no cares in the world. Then came the news…
My dad came home from a regular eye check-up that turned out to be anything but normal. His optometrist found tumors wrapped around both of my dad’s eyes
Lori Newcome didn’t know about Huntington’s Disease until her father-in-law was diagnosed when she was a teenager.
The genetic disease affects one in 10,000 Americans, according to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. It damages brain cells and involves a variety of physical and emotional symptoms as it slowly progresses.
Four years ago, Lori's husband, Brian, began acting differently and was forced
The first time Kimberly Loving received mail about Inheritance of Hope and its Legacy Retreats®, she placed the letter in a basket and walked away.
“I was so sick I couldn’t think about it,” she said.
It wasn’t until months later
This summer you can find the Lampe kids from Germantown, Ill., swimming at local pools and water parks.
“They don’t need big trips to a lot of places,” Lisa Lampe, mother of 10-year-old Jack and 6-year-old Jordyn, said. “If we go bowling one day, they’ll say this was the best day ever.”
Lisa said she and her kids have a special appreciation for the fun road-trip days that come between chemotherapy treatments and lab results.
Mikki Jeschke’s goals include volunteering, fundraising, and launching a non-profit organization. But the mother of two from Fishers, Indiana, didn’t have these projects in mind when she attended the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat® at Disney World with her family in May last year.
Mikki’s first diagnosis in May 2009 revealed stage III breast cancer. Chemotherapy, radiation, and drug treatments followed, and the Jeschkes thought
Tricia Lillard calls her experience with cancer an emotional roller-coaster.
“One of the biggest challenges is the uncertainty with which I have to live my life,” she said. “You think things are great then you get a bad scan or diagnosis.”
Two of her children, Tekia and Jamal, were one and six years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Within three years
Bambi Byers, 40, said the Tim McGraw song “Live Like You Were Dying” sums up everything she could say about her husband, Marc, who passed away in March 2011.
“It was my husband to a ‘T,’” she said.
Marc was having trouble swallowing in June 2009, and a few months later doctors discovered a tumor in his esophagus. Bambi said Marc didn’t listen when he was told of his 25% chance of survival.
Amy and Adam Patwa attended an Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat® in Orlando with their daughter, Charis, in May 2012.
“The timing of it was totally perfect,” Amy said. “I can’t walk around Magic Kingdom today.”
She was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in summer 2010, but chemotherapy and radiation appeared to control the disease in a matter of months.
In spring 2011 Amy started having chest pains.
When the Fortin family from North Carolina -- Steve, Maureen, and their three children -- attended the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat® at Disney World in January 2011, Steve was in good health.
“He often says he feels funny because he was the healthiest sick person there,” Maureen said.
Steve uses a prosthetic leg after an amputation due to a sarcoma tumor.