1,000 people donating $21 in honor of Hope Stout, who used her Make-A-Wish opportunity to help others #HopesWish21
Posted on 5 Mar 2012 by Bob Aycock
Hope Stout was always a bright, energetic, caring young girl. When she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in 2003, she didn’t let it get her down or cause her to lose her faith. Instead, she took it as an opportunity to help others.
While receiving radiation treatments, Hope discovered that some of the children in the hospital with her didn’t have their parents or family with them each day like she did. Hope said, “the thought of some little kid going through this alone, but still having the faith is amazing. I want to do whatever I can to make their stay as great as it can be.” Hope’s selfless Wish was huge.
When the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted Hope to see what her one wish would be, Hope wanted to fulfill the wishes of the 155 children ahead of her on the list. Hope learned that some of the kids in the hospital didn’t have the opportunity to simply meet Ronald McDonald or go on a cruise. “It seemed so easy to do and it just broke my heart that some kids don’t get the chance to do all this great stuff… and I just had to do something about that.”
Hope lost her battle with osteosarcoma in January 2004. This past Sunday would have been her 21st birthday. Although Hope may not physically be with us any longer, her Wish still lives on.
Hope has been an inspiration to me for the past eight years, and I am grateful to have known her. Many people have been touched by her story and her Wish has been a blessing for so many children and their families. If a 12-year-old freckle-faced, red-headed girl battling cancer can help fulfill the wishes and needs of others, why can’t more of us do the same?
I’m engaging in the #HopesWish21 campaign not only because I personally care about the March Forth With Hope Foundation (MFWHF), but because I think every child and family facing a life-threatening medical condition deserves to have HOPE.
The goal of #HopesWish21 is to encourage 1,000 people to donate $21 this week to MFWHF, which provides financial relief to families with children suffering from cancer or other life-threatening diseases. I’ve donated to this campaign and am eager to see how much HOPE the city of Charlotte can give families this week. Follow @HopesWish on Twitter for details and campaign updates.
Happy Birthday, Hope. I’ll never forget your caring heart and that beautiful smile.