Freedom Stories

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

Honoring Fred Chall, a Marine Industry Leader

August 22, 2013
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Honoring Fred Chall, a Marine Industry Leader

In Loving Memory of Fred Chall Jaclyn, his daughter, an investigator at a law firm in Manhattan, NY, found Freedom Waters Foundation (FWF) online and chose to make it the charity of choice for donations in loving honor and memory of her father who had passed away.  Knowing very little about FWF, but having done...
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Candlelighters of Southwest Florida Freedom Story

July 11, 2013
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Candlelighters of Southwest Florida

“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...
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John Mileff Freedom Story

July 11, 2013
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John Mileff

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...
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Veterans and Freedom Waters

January 17, 2013
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FWF Veterans

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...
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From a FWF Mom Volunteer – FWF touches Lives

April 8, 2012
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From a FWF Mom Volunteer – FWF touches Lives

FWF Story – from a Mom! (Story and photos submitted by Mom, Lori Griffith) I’m a firm believer that people are put in our paths for a special reason.  FWF was put in not only my path, but my sons path and I am truly grateful for that.  I met this incredible group of people through...
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Marina Gonzales, Freedom Waters Foundation Volunteer

August 16, 2011
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Marina Gonzales, Freedom Waters Foundation Volunteer

My first experience with the Freedom Waters Foundation was one of pure joy. I have volunteered only a couple of times in my life so I was nervous about my first boat outing. I figured that there would be some talking about the area and the history of the foundation but I never figured that I would...
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Nina and Pinta Visit Naples with FWF Volunteer Support

April 22, 2011
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Nina and Pinta Visit Naples with FWF Volunteer Support

Ever since I’ve been volunteering with Freedom Waters, I’ve had some amazing experiences, such as boating with great kids and their families, teaching disabled sailing, and all the other things we do to serve the kids with disabilities.
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Freedom Story from Lisa Laird – Martinez

March 30, 2011
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Freedom Story from Lisa Laird – Martinez

Lisa's son Jake was aboard "Lil' Adventure" on a Freedom Waters sponsored boat trip. Here is what Lisa had to say about the experience
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Sharing Freedom Through Boating for Special Children

September 29, 2010
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Sharing Freedom Through Boating for Special Children

“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...
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Ugliness

September 3, 2009
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Alyssa’s Story written by Alyssa Hickman, Australia It’s weird how the “ugly” almost always in somehow attack the beautiful and through out my life I’ve seen it happen in more ways then one from world-wide suicide bombings to our own personal attacks of terrorism that we all go through at...
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