While volunteering at the first annual Tradebank of Charlotte/Play for Hope Golf Tournament last Wednesday, June 22 at Olde Sycamore Golf Club, I met the charming parents of Hope Stout. You may remember Hope’s story when she was featured on CBS several years ago. Hope was a extraordinary 12 year old girl who died of bone cancer in 2004. Hope served as a messenger from God as to the real meaning of compassion, faith and of course hope. Both Hope and her parents are remarkable individuals.
The true story of Hope Stout is reflected in her name. Hope made an everlasting impression on everyone she encountered and still does so today through the work of her parents and so many others who have been touched through Hope. The March Forth With Hope Foundation is a Tradebank Client.
When she was approached by Make-A-Wish as to how they could fulfill Hope’s wish, rather than the traditional trip to Disney or meeting a famous person, Hope said, “My wish is to grant all the wishes of the 155 kids in North Carolina on the Make A Wish waiting list.” That is just one example of how this little girl changed the lives of so many.
Shelby Stout, Hope’s mom, was at the tournament along with her husband Stuart. While Stuart played in the tournament, Shelby signed copies of their book “Hope’s Wish-How one girl’s dream made others’ come true” and showed her appreciation for everyone their supporting the legacy of their daughter Hope.
Tradebank is proud to have co-sponsored this golf tournament and I will be working closely with the Stouts to continue to raise funds (Tradebank Dollars accepted along with cash donations) to help others in need. The mission of the March Forth With Hope Foundation is to provide funding for non-medical expenses for families facing life threatening illnesses. As the Stouts found out, the bills still need to be paid, even though lives are turned upside down. March Forth With Hope, assists with covering family expenses for those in need. (One touching example was a boy dependent on a respirator was released from the hospital and able to go home. The only problem, the family didn’t have the funds to keep the electricity on in the house to power the respirator. March Forth With Hope was able to pay the past due bill and restore service for the family…the Foundation’s help goes on and on.)