These outings began in 2004, originally designed for a single child dealing with cancer and his/her family. FWF Weller Days now serve individuals of all ages, with a variety of abilities/special needs. Local boat owners donate their time and the use of their vessels to share the therapeutic effects of being out on the water for those who may not otherwise have such an opportunity for a healing experience.
“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.
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.