Imagine your life has consisted of constant doctors’ appointments, treatment plans and experimental trials of medications that will hopefully one day give you some normalcy. Now image being able to escape it all to a picturesque ranch for a week with your family experiencing the joys of the great outdoors and traditional western lifestyle. For the kids who are lucky enough to be selected for Week of Hope at the Flathead Lake Lodge this is their reality.
HopeKids has partnered with The Flathead Lake Lodge to create this amazing experience for kids with life threatening medical conditions. At the end of each summer 20 kids and their families are flown to Montana to stay at the beautiful Flathead Lake Lodge where they can experience the best of what the outdoors has to offer and the best in western hospitality.
Over the course of the week the kids and their families can forget about day-to-day stresses while they are enjoying any and every activity under the sun. From sailing on the Flathead Lake, to playing laser tag in the woods, or creating arts and crafts, plus of course, getting to learn how to ride a horse and enjoy trail rides through the majestic Montana countryside. During the week organizers from Hopekids and Flathead Lake Lodge put on activities to brings smiles to all guest faces. Popular events include team roping night, mice races, line dancing and a traditional steak fry cookout.
The impact of Week of Hope on all of the families is unmeasurable. Kids can connect with other kids around the country who are facing the same struggles as well as parents finding new support networks with other parents. Week of Hope is taking place August 28th to September 3rd this year. There is still time to contribute to this life changing week.
We are thrilled to be heading to Flathead Lake Lodge for our Fall photo shoot and even more thrilled we had the opportunity to learn about the amazing work both HopeKids and Flathead Lake Lodge has put into making Week of Hope a reality.