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Happy Birthday Hope!

March Forth With Hope Foundation Celebrates Hope Stout’s 21st Birthday with Twitter Campaign

–Goal to Raise $21,000 In Seven Days Between Birthday and Gala–

When my son was three, the news all over Charlotte was about a little girl named Hope Stout. In December 2003, this freckle-faced, red-headed cheerleader from Weddington, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. When contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, instead of a trip to Disney or a swim with the dolphins, Hope wanted to fulfill the wishes of the 155 children ahead of her on the list. The Charlotte community responded with donations that added up to the more than $1 million needed to make it so.

Sadly, Hope passed away in January 2004, at age 12, just before her wish came true.

In honor of what would have been Hope Stout’s 21st birthday, the March Forth With Hope Foundation (MFWHF) today kicked off a Twitter campaign, #HopesWish21, with a goal of raising $21,000 in one week.

“Hope would be tickled pink about her 21-Tweet Salute and the fact her legacy continues,” said Stuart Stout, Hope’s Dad and Chairman of MFWHF.

To do so, MFWHF has enlisted the help of 21 Twitter influencers, either in Charlotte or with strong ties to Charlotte, to help spread the word. Collectively, these 21 people have more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. The goal of #HopesWish21 is to encourage 1,000 people to donate $21 this week to MFWHF, which provides financial relief to families with children suffering from life threatening diseases. Follow @HopesWish on Twitter for details and campaign updates.

Today, Hope’s story is stronger than ever and 2012, the year Hope would have turned 21, may be her coming out party. Hope’s Wish, the book written by her parents Stuart and Shelby Stout, is in the process of becoming a major motion picture. Academy Award winners, Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry, responsible for Terms of Endearment and Brokeback Mountain, are currently writing the screenplay.

This Saturday, March 10, MFWH’S Annual Gala takes place at the Ballantyne Hotel. Local media personalities and MFWHF board members, Molly Grantham and Keith Larson, will emcee for the third year in a row. The results of the #HopesWish21 Twitter campaign will be announced at this sold-out event.

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