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Meet the Contis

The Conti family of New York still looks at their photo album from the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat at Disney World in January 2011.

“I’ve even looked at it just recently,” said Angela, 45. “We still cry over it, but it’s happy tears now because my husband just found out not too long ago that he’s completely cancer free.”

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Meet the Felkers

Before last summer, neither 17-year-old Seth nor his 13-year-old sister, Mandie, had ever been on an airplane. Yet in June of last year, the entire Felker family from Alliance, a small town in northwest Nebraska, boarded a plane to Disney World in Orlando, where they enjoyed a Legacy Retreat unlike their usual family road trips in the Midwest.

“Believe it or not, this was the first family vacation we’ve ever had,” said Mark, father of the four Felker children.

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Meet the Blevins

The Blevinses are made of tough stuff.

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Meet the Grahams

Imagine pinching your nose shut and breathing only through a coffee straw.

"It feels like you have asthma and emphysema," said M'Leigha Graham.

The average human trachea, the windpipe that carries air to the lungs, is 15-20 millimeters wide. When Graham sought medical treatment in 2010, her trachea was measured at 4 millimeters wide - about the width of a coffee straw. 

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Strong Enough - February 2012

I used to attend a class at a local gym called "Power."  We did dynamic weight lifting and by the end of the class almost every muscle in my body was shaking.  After weeks of training, I started seeing real results!  I could lift my kids and carry big bags of groceries with ease.  My back hurt less and I had more energy.

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Today's the day!

Hurray!  Today is the day we've been looking forward to -- the beginning of the February 2012 Disney Legacy Retreat!  The staff and volunteers are in Orlando and are so looking forward to picking up all the wonderful families soon. It's a b...
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It's a Small World

In just one week 16 families and 34 staff/volunteers will meet in Orlando for an amazing Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat.

We will travel from Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Michigan, Kansas, New York, Georgia, and North Carolina.

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A New Suitcase!

I have a great job.

I get to meet beautiful families that are faced with some difficulties and plan a dream vacation for them.

The absolute BEST part of my job is the phone call when I tell them it is their turn to go on this dream vacation.

Many people cry. They all echo words of gratitude and emotion. Many are overwhelmed and even slightly speechless.

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Meet the Fields

The Fields family from Vicennes, Indiana, had plenty of challenges already. Lisa had been battling a kidney disease and diabetes, and her 14-year-old son Isaac was diagnosed with kidney disease.  Then Ollie found himself unable to continue driving trucks and left his job.

“Life didn’t look good at that point,” he said.  “We just knew my health was disintegrating.”

Doctors found a grapefruit-sized tumor

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Meet the Broyles

As the sun rose on the morning of July 3, Cheryl and Matt Broyles were climbing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park with their two sons: Grant, 14, and 12-year-old Clint.  Gripping the cables that assist climbers on their ascent, the family enjoyed a majestic view over the natural treasure as they hiked toward the heavens.

“The scenery there, the grandeur of the canyons and valleys, the snow-covered peaks, the sunrise on a perfect day was just another confirmation of God’s power, and he created that for us to enjoy,” Matt said.

The Broyles family embarked on a challenging journey to the mountaintop 11 years ago.  At age 33, Cheryl was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – brain cancer – in June 2000.  People with GBM live an average of 14 months after diagnosis,

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