Freedom Stories


Freedom Stories are the stories from the people Freedom Waters Foundation serves.

NBC News: Kids Fighting Illness Feel Freedom

NBC Nightly News featured a segment on a Freedom Waters Foundation "Weller Day" in Palm Beach, FL.  The boat trips are the brainchild of John Weller, a Fort Lauderdale yacht broker, a six-time cancer survivor and a co-founder of the Freedom Waters Foundation.  Freedom Waters Foundation (FWF) was incorporated in March 2006 to carry out its [...]

Boating event lifts spirits of children and families dealing with illness, disability

Lillie Senter, 9, at right, joins families and children coping with cancer board the Mariner lll at the North Palm Beach Marina for an afternoon ride on Sunday, March 1, 2015. (Scott Fisher, Sun Sentinel) Article printed in the Sun Sentinel newspaper on March 1st, read it online here:  

By |March 2nd, 2015|Freedom Stories|0 Comments

A Christmas Blessing by Andrew Cilla

This is the 10th year Freedom Waters patrons, Paul and Michelle Flanigan, have hosted the Freedom Waters Christmas Party at their lovely home located on the Intracoastal Waterway. The party took place as usual during the evening of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Parade.  Our guests were children with cancer, or other life threatening disabilities, and [...]

By |January 17th, 2015|Freedom Stories|0 Comments

Can you feel the freedom?

Feel the Freedom felt by the child, who is constantly either in her electric wheelchair or her bed, when she boards a vessel and is splashed by the playful dolphins right next to the rail of the boat in front of her, as it moves along the waterway. She feels the wind in her hair [...]

By |December 22nd, 2014|Freedom Stories|0 Comments

Volunteer Spotlight on Lori Griffith

Lori Griffith, of Chasin a Dream Photography has been volunteering for Freedom Waters Foundation since 2010. She is an amazing, upbeat, talented individual who has generously donated her photography skills and leadership on many FWF Weller Days, on the east coast of Florida. She is a shining star that makes others smile just by being [...]

By |December 6th, 2014|Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

Boy, Brain Cancer, and Boating

“Look at that little boy, waving and smiling at all of us at the boat show while at the helm of that deck boat. How cute is that!“ “Who is he? What is Freedom Waters Foundation?” “Cool deck boat!” – comments heard as a special young man and deck boat passed by the Ft. Lauderdale [...]

By |November 23rd, 2014|Freedom Stories|0 Comments

Candlelighters of Southwest Florida Freedom Story

“We can not change the outcome of a disease but we can play a role in helping families to cope.” Candlelighters of Southwest Florida, a non-profit charity supporting children with cancer and blood disorders has shared a wonderful partnership with Freedom Waters Foundation for over 5 years. It is hard to sum up the importance [...]

By |July 11th, 2013|Freedom Stories|0 Comments

John Mileff Freedom Story

John Mileff of Cape Coral who suffered paralysis from a spinal cord injury, sees Freedom Waters Foundation as the spirit of its founder, Debby Frenkel. “Debby is the ‘freedom’ in Freedom Waters. Her desire to provide a boating opportunity for people as a respite during their troubling times does more than give them a break [...]

By |July 11th, 2013|Freedom Stories|1 Comment

Volunteer Spotlight on Jeff Fraser

Volunteer Spotlight is on Jeff Fraser!  Jeff has been with Freedom Waters Foundation before its inception and continues to generously give: his time, energy, expertise, encouragement, and support through his friendship and professional skills. Jeff is a yacht broker with Fraser & Zeitz -  He also has a great deal of knowledge [...]

By |May 7th, 2013|Volunteer Spotlight|2 Comments

Veterans and Freedom Waters

Picture a U.S. Veteran isolated in his home; suffering from PTSD; struggling to get out his front door; unsure of himself and others; knowing what he is capable of and afraid that he may lose control, so he stays home, alone, lonely, isolated, and sometimes teetering on a desire to live…or not. Now, imagine that same Veteran pushing himself out his front door; reaching out to others with trepidation; being invited to go fishing or just for a relaxing boat ride with local community members donating their time and vessels.

By |January 17th, 2013|Freedom Stories, Veterans Programs|0 Comments