June 9, 2011


Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diana Ossana is set to write and produce an adaptation of Stuart and Shelby Stout’s inspiration book Hope’s Wish: How One Girl’s Dream Made Others Come True. Ossana won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 2005’s Brokeback Mountain, and her co-writer on that film Larry McMurtry will act as executive producer on Hope’s Wish. Variety reports that the film is currently being developed and financed, with production hoping to get underway this fall.

Hope’s Wish is a book about the Stout’s 12-year-old daughter, who was diagnosed with bone cancer, spent her remaining time raising funds for all of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s list of children in Central and Western North Carolina. And yes, my heart just melted. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the book that’s sure to cut through the most cynical of cynics.

Here’s the synopsis for Hope’s Wish:

One courageous girl used her final wish to fulfill the wishes of 155 other children. When Hope Stout was diagnosed with bone cancer, the Stouts prayed for a miracle. The miracle occurred, but not in the way the Stouts expected. Instead this young girl asked for what seemed to be impossible-that one million dollars be raised in a month to fund the wishes of all the children on the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s list for Central and Western North Carolina.

Shelby and Stuart Stout felt led to write A Legacy of Hope after compiling a journal of the 191 days from Hope’s diagnosis to her death. Both parents were with Hope every step of the way on her journey from a healthy preteen to being dependent on crutches to eventually being bedridden. Their heartfelt story includes the times when they were angry and desperate, as well as the times when Hope’s humor and spirit shone through. [Amazon]


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