BIG HOPE was inspired by Vince Schu and his wife Julie who both has had their family impacted by cancer. Vince is a long time employee in charge of Ceres Barge heavy lift division and had arranged with Sherwin-Williams to donate the paint. Mark Fletcher arranged with the extremely motivated and willing Jeffboat ship yard to put in the extra labor involved in painting the barge and making sure it looks exceptional the day it was launched.