“Special needs basically means the Loss of Freedom: Loss of the senses… smell, taste,
hearing, feel/touch, sight. Freedom Waters Foundation gives our blind, deaf, and
paralyzed child his senses back,” wrote John Buck, Father of Riley Buck, age 8. “The
smell and taste of the salt water air; the vibration (hearing) of the motor or gentle rocking
of the waves; the touch of the sun and wind in his hair. As for sight, the organization
gives us something to look forward to every time we participate. For a moment in time,
our son/family, are “normal” and a part of something very special.”

(Photo above, John and son, Riley Buck, Age 8 )

Zach, 7, who is on the most part non-verbal, sometimes has a hard time adjusting to new
places or situations and although he has been boating before with FWF, his last trip was
on a different boat, from a different marina and he approached with great trepidation and
many tears. With a great deal of affection, comfort and support, Zach slowly adjusted to
his new surroundings and we left the dock. Soon there after, he wanted and did explore
the vessel, helped at the helm, and he was smiling with the joy of his boating experience.
By the time the boat returned to the dock, Zach was so relaxed that he nearly fell asleep.

“Freedom Waters Foundation allows children, whose lives are full of therapy and work to
be free. The water allows them to just be a kid for a day, not a kid with special needs or
multiple problems. Just a kid, who can set sail and relax in the sun. To see them laugh
and feel the wind on their faces is such a wonderful sight. As a mom I take great joy in

seeing my son sail on the open sea! His joy brings me joy and for that I am thankful!”
stated Rebekah Aldridge, Zach’s Mom. She even wrote a little poem:

Water is so much fun,
then you add a little sun,
A little sail and special friends,
and the fun just never ends!

(Photo Above – Zachary Aldridge, 7 and Volunteer, Donn Schulte)