Weller Days – Yacht outings for children with cancer and their families began in October of 2004 and are now serving numerous children with special needs and their families, in four South Florida counties: Collier, Broward. Lee, Palm Beach and Lee Counties.
“Weller Days” are named in honor of John Weller, FWF Co-Founder, who is a Yacht Broker and a person who has survived cancer five times. While undergoing his first set of cancer treatments, John spoke to the Founder of the Freedom Waters Foundation and stated in his scratchy, whispered voice (a result of the treatments), “When I get back, we’re taking kids with cancer out on boats.” And, we have ever since! Although, John did not want any special recognition, the Founder of FWF decided to name theses special outings — “Weller Days”, anyway! John currently serves as a FWF Board Member.
For Weller Days, private yachts are donated for a three-hour lunch Cruise upon the waters. Most of the time, the owners come along and new enriching relationships are formed. Either the yacht owner or FWF provides lunch. To donate your yacht for an afternoon, please contact us through the form below
Weller Days is growing nationally, with the rest of FWF programs. Although the child is the center of the day, his/her entire family is invited to also enjoy the recreational/therapeutic benefits of cruising.
The yachting community has been generously supportive in their participation in Weller Days. We could not do it without them! Thank you on behalf of all the children, their family members and the FWF staff and Board!
Children and their families are invited to participate through local hospitals and other social service agency referrals.