Hillary Grace Dilling school portrait - Sept 1996The Hillary Fund was inspired by Hillary Grace Dilling, a special child of God with Down syndrome, who died in 1998 at age fourteen as a result of a truck-pedestrian accident. Hillary had a gift for loving everyone she met, and would greet others with a hug, sometimes a kiss, and then a handshake. Her name means “always cheerful,” and that is who Hillary was. She would smile and then tell her parents, “Jesus in my heart.”  Hillary especially loved traveling and spending time with her family. Family vacations would include trips to SeaWorld, flying kites on the beach, visiting historic sites, taking walks, or just relaxing together—these were family refueling times for everyone. The Hillary Grace Dilling Memorial Fund was established to pass Hillary’s special love on to other individuals by creating opportunities for families to learn, play, re-fuel, and relax together. The Hillary Fund wishes to build up and support families so that they, too, can experience the love of “Jesus in my heart”.

Since 2013, The Hillary Fund has partnered with White Sulphur Springs, a conference center ministry of Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF), to provide camp scholarships to military families of children with special needs. Recipients are selected through an application process, and scholarships may be awarded up to eighty percent (80%) of the cost toward a camp or retreat of the family’s choice. We are excited to support these families as they refresh, recharge, and grow closer to one another and to God.

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