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"Sometimes reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours."
- Vera Nazarian

Approximately 5,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS every year. Our mission is to extend a helping hand and provide both emotional and educational support to children, young adults, and families affected by ALS.
Help HLC Continue to Make a Difference

Camp HLC Indiana

Over 35 Campers from Indiana, Illinois, Oregon, Louisiana, Texas, and more attended Camp HLC at Flat Rock River YMCA Camp in St. Paul, Indiana from June 16-22, 2019!

Thank you to everyone who attended Camp HLC Indiana at Flat Rock River YMCA Camp!

Campers enjoyed canoeing, fishing, archery, yoga, scrapbooking, and more! 

Thank you Ed Trout and CSZ Indianapolis for leading our campers in improv and to Alison Phillips for leading a wonderful yoga session on International Yoga Day!

Thank you to Olivia Chewning and Renée Crist Lefter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity for joining us at Camp HLC and volunteering their time, compassion, and kindness!

Thank you Flat Rock River YMCA for helping us to facilitate another wonderful Camp HLC experience!

And finally, thank you to all of our campers and their families for being a part of our 21st Camp HLC and for contributing to another amazing camp experience! We hope you had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Thank you to our Camp HLC IN 2019 Supporters

The ALS Association Indiana Chapter
The LiveLikeLou Foundation
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
Flat Rock River YMCA
The Rising Sun Lions Club
The Dickerson Family
Thank you Bill Rethlake and Greensburg Daily News for sharing Camp HLC Indiana with your readers! Read below:
Camp HLC Indiana in Greensburg Daily News!

Register for Camp HLC 2019

Please join Hope Loves Company at our premier program, Camp HLC! A free, 3-day weekend retreat where campers and their families will enjoy camp activities such as swimming, hiking, boating, zip lining, arts & crafts, and more!
Remaining Camp Dates and Locations:
August 23-25: Camp Emerson in Hinsdale, MA
September 6-8: Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside, IL
October 25-27: YMCA Camp Winona in De Leon Springs, FL
November 22-24: YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, CA

 
If you've already registered for camp, check your emails for information regarding Camp HLC teleconference dates. Thank you!
Register for Camp HLC 2019!
Camp HLC is a wonderful opportunity for children, young adults, and families who have had or have a loved one battling ALS to come together to have fun, build friendships, and feel less alone in their challenges.
Interested in volunteering your skills, passion, and time at Camp HLC?
Camp HLC Volunteer Form
There are many volunteer roles at Camp HLC - camp leaders, cabin leaders, healing circle leaders, buddies, HLC helpers, and junior counselors!
Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Women of Achievement Awards

Each year, the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce honors outstanding women who have reached extraordinary levels of achievement. It is with great honor that we share Jodi O'Donnell-Ames, HLC Founder, and Sara Cooper, HLC Board Member, were recognized alongside Susan Michel of Glen Eagle Advisors LLC, Jigna Rao of Mercer Community College, and Cynthia Ricker of Bryn Mawr Trust. Congratulations everyone!

Jodi was recognized as a woman of achievement for her dedication to supporting children and young adults who have had or have a loved one battling ALS with Hope Loves Company and Sara was honored with the Inaugural Impact Award for her courage and tenacity as she battles ALS and for her advocacy efforts for the ALS community. Hope Loves Company is so proud to have these two wonderful women on our team!

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement Awards was held at TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton on June 20th, 2019. 

Thank you Linda Osman and Benton Ames, two HLC Board Members for coming to the awards to support Jodi and Sara! 

We congratulate Jodi, Sara, and everyone in attendance for their amazing achievements! 
"Finding Strength When ALS Weakens Your Body"
Sara Cooper was also recently featured in US 1 Princeton Info newspaper, where she shares her experiences with ALS.

"Cooper views her diagnosis as an opportunity to spread awareness for ALS. She wants to develop a guide for people who are newly diagnosed with the disease, a map to help them navigate ALS’ many and confusing roads."
Read Sara's Story in US 1!
HLC Chats With... Addie!
Addie and her Grandfather, Papa John.
Addie, 12 years old, joined us at Camp HLC Indiana this month. On the last day of camp, she shared the beautiful poem she wrote about ALS: 
We are so grateful to Addie and her mother, Angie, for sharing this poem with Hope Loves Company and our families.

Addie also participated in our ALS Awareness campaign, HLC Chats With!

"There were so many terrible things that ALS brought into my life but one thing that ALS gave to me was a chance to be there for my Grandma and Grandpa like they have always been there for me. That love and support is all that matters."

Read her interview below to learn more about Addie, her family, and her Grandpa John!
HLC Chats With... Addie!
ALS Chocolate Meltdown Party
Join us for the second ALS Chocolate Meltdown Party on Thursday, September 26, 2019!

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now and discounted at 20% until 8/10/19!

Attendees will enjoy an evening of chocolate, candy, and other delectable treats, chocolate martinis, a 50/50 chocolate rose raffle, a silent auction with incredible trips and experiences, and a chance to meet a penguin, all while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Adventure Aquarium, including the Currents Ballroom and Shark Realm! All proceeds will benefit Hope Loves Company and our free programs for children and young adults who have had or have a loved one battling ALS.

All people living with ALS and a guest are invited to attend the ALS Chocolate Meltdown Party as VIP guests at no cost.
Standard and VIP Tickets Available Here!
Click HERE to learn about sponsorship opportunities for the ALS Chocolate Meltdown Party!

HLC Heroes

June 2019

Congratulations Jeremy Van Tress and the Van Tress Family, our HLC Heroes for the month of June!
On February 16, 2017, the Van Tress family’s lives were turned upside down when Jeremy was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Although it has not been easy to adjust to Jeremy’s constant disease progression, the Van Tress family has found meaning and purpose in their ALS journey. Jeremy is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Work from Walden University and was recently awarded as a 2019 Pat Tillman Scholar. 

In October, Jeremy intends to open his non-profit organization, Smile Inside, Inc. to provide free and accessible online telehealth counseling services for pALS and their families. To find out more, please visit Smile Inside’s website at https://smile-inside.org/."   

We are so grateful to have the Van Tress family in our HLC community!

Click Here to Read More about our HLC Heroes
Welcoming Kristin to the HLC Team!
We are excited to welcome Kristin, our Marketing Intern, to the HLC team!
Kristin DiPede is a student at the The College of New Jersey working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and minoring in Management. At HLC, Kristin helps with social media management and marketing! Kristin enjoys creative writing in her free time and is excited to learn and grow with our team!
HLC Kids Count ALS Conference
We are incredibly excited to announce the first HLC Kids Count ALS Conference! Save the date for October 11, 2019. Registration and more information coming in July!

The Hope Loves Company Documentary

The Hope Loves Company Documentary, directed by award-winning documentarian Steve Besserman, begins with the founding of Hope Loves Company and then follows several families affected by ALS. This heartwarming documentary is a story of triumph of the human spirit and the journey to shape grief into action. It's a story that celebrates a group of courageous caregiving teens and their families who deserve to be applauded. Please help bring recognition to this unique group of amazing caregivers by sharing this story of ALS, love, and hope with family and friends.
Watch the MUST-SEE HLC Documentary
Grab an HLC sweatshirt at www.hopelovescompany.org!

Available in blue and purple!
Hope Loves Company is on Amazon Smile! When you shop on Amazon using the browser smile.amazon.com and choose Hope Loves Company as your selected charity, Amazon will donate a percentage of your total purchase price to HLC! Thank you to everyone who shops with Amazon Smile to support Hope Loves Company!
If you'd like to make a donation to support Hope Loves Company and our free programs for children, young adults, and families affected by ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, click below:
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