Three days ago we arrived as virtual strangers, and now we are saying goodbye to wonderful friends.

There is no doubt everyone involved in this 2011 Disney Legacy Retreat, from staff and volunteers to family members, is leaving this weekend changed.  Tommy Booth said that the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat was perfect for his family: "I've never seen my mom smile this much."

This morning we gathered for our closing service, where we shared a slideshow of photos from the weekend and listened to co-founder Kristen Milligan share her life story.  As the families prepared to go into the parks and the volunteers gathered their luggage, we exchanged big hugs and promised to keep in touch.

We all had a great time at Disney World, and we are all leaving with precious memories of very special people.

Click here to see videos and photo galleries of families meeting Mickey Mouse and enjoying the parks.