Hope is home!

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I’ll Have Another’s biggest racing fan, Hope Hudson, is finally home from the hospital after her courageous surgery. 12-year-old Hope underwent her 10th operation on Aug. 8 to help solve the symptoms with the rare connective tissue disorder Hajdu-Cheney syndrome.

Hope was able to become a much loved member of the I’ll Have Another family with the help of the Make A Wish Foundation, traveling to each of the Triple Crown races and winning the hearts of the racing public with her positive attitude towards dealing with the disease.

The Hudson family posted the following message on the CaringBridge website, excited to share the news of Hope’s homecoming:

“So happy to report today that Hope is resting comfortably at HOME!! When the doctor came in yesterday, he told her she was doing too well to be cooped up in a hospital.  So there were just a few things she needed to take care of and we were home by yesterday evening.  She slept great in bed next to mom.”



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  • Rachel

    Hope, you are a GRADE ONE champion! ♥

  • Vconwicke

    Best wishes for a quick recovery, Hope!  You are such a great girl!!

  • Tiznowbaby

    Yay, Hope! Keep fighting, kid. You are an inspiration.

  • Noelle

    Hope, your courage gives hope to the rest of us.  Get well soon!

  • Olebobbowers

    My lifelong hobby has been volunteering at therapeutic stables for children with illnesses, and I watched the bond develop between many ill/handicapped children, and it is amazing! Reading about this brave young lady’s affection toward IHA reminds me of the many evenings I returned home and cried tears, not of sadness, but for what I saw accomplished earlier that day between horses and riders. Many of my years were spent at ‘Heaven on Earth Ranch’, in the San Fernando Valley. The children were invited were mostly institutionalized, and to have to put them back on the buses was only possible cuz I knew we’d changed their lives that day. If any of you have or know of a handicapped child, please don’t pass up the opportunity of improving their (and your) lives by introducing them to therapy horses. Hope, you are the Zenyatta of my life, young lady. Reading this story of you and IHA has brought tears to this life long race horse rider! Not tears of sadness though, tears of joy. God Bless you for being so courageous…and showing the world there is always H O P E <3

  • Phoebe:)

    this will be an exciting day for Hope – Doug O’Neill is visiting!! Have a great time everyone, and keep getting better Hope.

  • Jnhudson1976(Hope’s mom)

    Mr. Paulick,
    I just wanted to say Thanks for your support for Hope. It is very much appreciated.

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