Stowe Weekend of Hope - Held in Stowe, Vermont
During the first weekend of May (since May of 2000), the Stowe Weekend of Hope Planning Committee puts together a three day event in Stowe, Vermont. The weekend is jam-packed with amazing speakers, inspirational talks and workshops and exciting entertainment.
Also there is a Green Ribbon Campaign of local businesses which donate 10% of their sales during the weekend to the event. Many of the hotel and inn rooms are free to the cancer survivors. The event has grown every year. Stowe has a large number of volunteers who put this gathering together. The setting could not be better!
As a resident of Stowe, I have seen this gathering of people from the "outside" during the past 12 years. This year, I received a phone call from one of the event coordinators. They needed a photographer - for "free" of course - to capture the activities and people. I said I'd be happy to volunteer.
I was able to attend the major events, some of the workshops/sessions, and capture some attendees enjoying Stowe. I was amazed by everyone and everything I saw and heard. The cancer survivors (and their heart and sole givers) are an amazing group of people. The volunteers gave 120%. It was all about togetherness and hope. I think I learned more about hope than most of the participants - they already had it together.
I put the photos and a few videos together to share with anyone interested.