|Advisory Board Members|
Due to an unfortunate combination of pay cuts, long plane rides and general bad timing, I was unable to attend the previous International Conference in California. It was the first conference that held sessions and programming just for the young adult group. It broke my heart to be missing it, but after seeing all the photos from the Generation Hope After Dark mixer, I was so proud to have even had a small part in encouraging so many young people to come together at conference. It was announced that the next conference would be in Orlando -- a much more reasonable trip from my home in Atlanta --, so all that was left was to wait two years.
The most surprising part of the After Dark event was our unexpected party crashers. They came in the form of a high school aged mob. A mob sounds like they had torches and pitchforks, but you know what I mean. They were eager to try out the chocolate fondue fountain, or so I thought. A lot of these kids have been battling PH a lot longer than some of us and will soon be joining us in Generation Hope. While we were hesitant to let them in -- do their parents know they’re going to be around a bunch of rowdy, drinking, 20 and 30 something --, in reality they are our future. As much as we want to, none of us are going to be allowed to stay in Generation Hope forever. Eventually, we will have to pass the torch onto this next group, who I feel like were elementary school age just a blink of the eye ago. I look forward to the new energy and ideas they will bring with them.
|LtoR Chanda Causer, Brittany Riggins, Dalia Golchan,|
Colleen Brunetti, Carl Hicks, and Jack Nino