Hope Stout was a 12 year old Weddington 7th grader when she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer back in 2003. Make-A-Wish asked her what her wish was, and it was to grant all of the 155 other wishes for those who were also on their list. It was estimated to take a million dollars to grant this wish.
Shortly after Hope died in January of 2004, Make-A-Wish announced that Hope had helped raise over a million dollars in just five weeks to grant the 155 wishes. Hope’s selflessness and spirit helped bring in the donations. Hope’s story continues to be spread around Charlotte, the Carolina’s and the world. Her story has recently fell into the hands of two Hollywood Academy Award Winning screenwriters, Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry. They are now signed to write a full feature film on ‘Hope’s Wish’.
“‘Hope’s Wish’ reminded me of the innocence of children and their refusal to accept the limits of what adults consider might be possible. I feel privileged to be a part of bringing Hope’s inspirational story to film,” Diana Ossana
Writing will begin in September and production could be starting in late 2012. To hear more about the movie and the “March Forth with Hope Foundation” – a foundation established to continue Hope’s mission of helping sick children – go to www.marchforthwithhope.org.
This story is, and movie will be, one of hope and encouragement to always think of others above yourself. In a world that places self first, we find a great example, once again from a child, of how things are supposed to be. This is also an example of how much of an influence Hope has had on her world in that people are still talking about her 7 years after her passing. This is truly a testimony of her undying concern and commitment to her fellow people.
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