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Hope Stout

A Celebration of Hope

Hope Stout’s legacy began with a wish to spread hope to others. Since then, it has grown into an extraordinary display of generosity that has moved people throughout the world.

When Make-A-Wish® volunteers asked Hope about her one true wish, she asked how many other children were waiting to have their wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina, where she lived. She decided her fondest wish would be to raise enough money to grant each of their wishes. Through her local media, the world learned of her selfless wish and rallied behind her cause. In January 2004, Hope’s wish had raised more than $1 million to grant the wishes of the other children in her area and eventually Hope’s as well.

Sadly, Hope lost her battle with a rare form of bone cancer, but not before expressing her heartfelt wish to help make dreams come true for other wish kids. Hope’s altruism has now grown into an annual campaign raising more than $2 million on behalf of Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina. Hope’s wish has indeed launched an enduring legacy that perfectly captures Make-A-Wish’s vision that people everywhere can help share the power of a wish®.