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We bring hope, joy and light to New Hampshire's children with medically challenging conditions by providing life changing experiences. We engage community and business partners who choose to the difference.
Imagine the delight in granting a life-changing-experience to a child who lives with serious health problems. This is the mi ssion of High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire, a non-profit organization headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire. For 30 years, High Hopes Foundation has brought hope, joy, and light to hundreds of New Hampshire children with serious illnesses by providing them life-enriching experiences.
The High Hopes mission started in 1983. Two neighbors, Jacque Yinger and Dawn Cavanaugh, were inspired by the unselfish support and generosity of their community. Thanks to so many who cared, Jacque and Dawn took Jacque’s daughter Alison, a cancer patient, to Disney World to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Alison got to have fun like any other child. From that experience, these moms concluded that other children’s lives could be similarly enriched by the generosity of others. No other New Hampshire organizations were granting wishes like this at that time, and so from then on, Jacque and Dawn dedicated their lives to this calling.
Since its inception, High Hopes Foundation has granted over 540 hopes. These life-changing-experiences are as unique as the children who receive them. Tanner received a new, handicap-accessible van so that he could ride together with his whole family and lessen the burden on his mother, his primary caretaker. Howie watched the classic rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers courtside and even got to play one-on-one with Ray Allen and have lunch with the team. Taylor received regular occupational and physical therapy in her own hot tub on the family’s backyard deck. Mariah enjoyed a day-long shopping spree, highlighted by a complimentary hotel stay. Zac spent a week at Give Kids the World with his family, where he and his little brothers met Mickey Mouse. Skyler also traveled to Disney with her family to meet Princess Ariel. Give Kids the World, located near Disney World and founded by Holocaust survivors, is a popular wish destination for many High Hopes recipients.
High Hopes Foundation sponsors numerous community-based fundraising activities throughout the year, and benefits from the generosity of local businesses and individuals. Fundraising events involve bowling, golfing, motorcycles, classic cars, and family fairs. High Hopes Foundation draws its energy from volunteers from all walks of life who love children and want to contribute time and talent to a worthy cause. You do not need to possess special talents, just a desire to help. High Hopes Foundation of NH invites everyone to be the difference in a child’s life.
- Jay Welch
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