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My Reasons for Starting Inheritance of Hope

Inheritance of Hope was founded in 2007 by Kristen and Deric Milligan, and although Kristen passed away in 2012, her legacy is timeless. 

I am a woman fighting a terminal diagnosis of stage 4 liver cancer.  But this does not define me.  I am also a wife and a mother of three young children.  My greatest struggle is not the cancer, but my efforts to balance my fight of the cancer with raising my family.  My greatest concern is not the illness, but my children and how this illness affects them.  I have watched my gentle, sweet son yell angrily at me because he does not know how to express his anger at the cancer.  I have watched my older daughter insist that her siblings not talk about the fact that I am sick.  And I have watched my baby girl ask other mothers what kind of cancer they have, assuming all mothers are like me.  How do I help them navigate the scariness of my illness?  You see, it was not only I who was diagnosed with this illness, it was my entire family.

My husband, Deric, and I founded Inheritance of Hope to serve the entire family of young parents like ourselves diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  Through our Legacy Retreats, we offer a community where parents can encourage, support, and advise one another, and children can meet other children who understand their fears and struggles.  We offer memories that families will cherish for a lifetime, regardless of whether their parent lives a month or 60 years.  We offer resources to help navigate raising their family in the midst of crisis.  And we introduce or remind each of these families of the faith that has not only brought our own family through this time, but has also greatly blessed us in the eye of our storm.

 

Read more about Kristen's legacy. 

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Fall Races

The 2013 fall race season has begun!  Team Inheritance of Hope runners will be found in 4 amazing races.

Click on photo to see Why We Run

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Creative fundraising idea

The Marine Corps Marathon is right around the corner - a week and344739_f520 a half away.  Fundraising has been taking place for the last few months by members of Team IOH.  The top fundraiser as of October 15th is Carolyn Crooks, raising $5805 to win the fundraising competition!  Mike Davis was a close second at $5780!  The Team has shown great drive in moving towards the team goal of $75,000.  There has been some very creative fundraising ideas.  I want to share with you today a note from Gabriel, who has raised over $1000 by selling salsa and enchiladas!

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President's Proclamation

Mike is returning for his 3rd MCM with Team IOH!!!

Mike is returning for his 3rd MCM with Team IOH!!!

The 2011 Marine Corps Marathon will be run on October 30th, 18 days from today.  Team Inheritance of Hope is proud to be a 3rd Tier Charity Partner with the MCM (4th Tier being the highest partnership level possible.)  Inheritance of Hope will be represented by runners from across the U.S.  The excitement is building for this year's race...there's a lot of chatter happening...even President Barack Obama has something to say...

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Team IOH Spotlight ~ Jill Thompson

Written By: Jill Thompson

I am enthusiastic about Inheritance of Hope!  My enthusiasm began when it was first founded and has continued as my involvement has grown.

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The Milligans

When my best friend, Kristen Milligan, called me in 2003 to share her diagnosis of terminal liver cancer it was very difficult to see any good in that situation.  It quickly became clear that it was not only Kristen who was battling this illness but it was also her husband and three young children.  When they decided to start an organization that served families just like theirs, I was thrilled to be a part of it.  I did what I could to help.

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Team IOH Spotlight ~ Tammy Johnston

Tammy Johnston is a member of the Team Inheritance of Hope 2011 Marine Corps Marathon team.  Tammy has run the Los Angeles marathon and will share about her marathon experience.  Thank you Tammy!

Team IOH member Tammy Johnston

Team IOH member Tammy Johnston

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Triple Your Money

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I cannot believe I will be running 26.2 miles in just 1 month.  It is something I never thought I would do.

I have been training with an amazing team for the past several months, most of whom I have never met.

There are, however, a few people who I know really well that I look forward to seeing on race day!

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Team IOH Spotlight ~ Joe Volpe

I am so excited to bring to you another post written by one of our own Team IOH Marine Corps Marathon team mates!  Read on to meet Joe Volpe ... and consider supporting our Team!

Joe - one of our awesome Team IOH runners!

Joe - one of our awesome Team IOH runners!

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Team IOH Spotlight ~ Grace Gerdin

I will be introducing you to Team Inheritance of Hope Athletes - today and in future posts - through the athlete's own words.  Grace Gerdin is running with the Team IOH 2011 Marine Corps Marathon team.  Read what Grace says inspires her running...

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Grace in the 2011 NYC Half Marathon

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Calling All Volunteers!

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As the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon approaches, I am seeking volunteers to help with the Team Inheritance of Hope festivities over the weekend in Washington, DC.  I was trying to put into words the rewarding experience of volunteering.  I have resorted to pictures ... and quotes from others - to try to motivate you to join us for a fun, exciting weekend - October 28 - 30!  ...

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