Families for HoPE, Inc. would like you to “Save the Date” for the 2018 Family Conference on Holoprosencephaly to be held at the Great Wolf Lodge and Conference Center in Cincinnati/Mason, Ohio. The conference will be held from check-in on Sunday, June 10 through check-out on Thursday, June 14. The conference is a collaboration between Families for HoPE, Inc. and the Carter Centers for Brain Research in Holoprosencephaly and Related Malformations. Additional details will be forthcoming over the next several weeks.
To share a little perspective on how we select a conference location, the planning and execution of our conferences is a huge endeavor involving months of preparation, countless volunteer hours, and nearly constant fundraising, among other factors. To be successful, it requires a dedicated team of individuals who lives/works in or near the host city with access to resources, volunteers, and a willingness to essentially serve as the hands and feet of our organization for a 12-18 month period of time. As we want every family to have an opportunity to attend, the most challenging part of our conference planning is the fact that it is impossible to choose a location that will satisfy everyone. We must take into consideration a location that will be affordable for travel as to alleviate additional financial burdens to our HPE families, a facility that provides amenities for our group’s special needs and allows room for growth as each conference brings an increase in attendance.
As much as we would like to announce a location for the anticipated 2020 conference, further research and evaluation must occur to ensure all of the above factors are taken into careful consideration. For now, our immediate attention is on the 2018 conference to make it an affordable, fun, and a memorable experience for you and your family. We hope to see you in Cincinnati in June 2018!
The Board of Directors of Families for HoPE, Inc