Thank you so much to you, Kelly Diamond and to everyone who makes Sailing Heals possible. My friend and Caretaker, Jen M., and I had a spectacular day w/ Host Captain Ken Adam in Marblehead yesterday. The company, the weather and the setting were so uplifiting and truly unforgettable. You can imagine that during a year of treatment for breast cancer, I have met many inspiring and amazing individuals who devote their professional lives, or their personal time and energy to improving the lives of people in my situation. I certainly include the Sailing Heals Family among them and I couldn't be more touched or more grateful.
I heard about this program last Fall as the 2017 sailing season ended. I’m in my sixties, but remembered how much I loved sailing in my childhood off the coast of Maine. It’s been many years since I’ve recaptured that pleasure. When I was contacted about taking this sail from Marblehead, I was so excited. After a couple of years beating back Singular Plasmacytoma in my Manubrium and a cascade of other health and family challenges, I needed a big lift. I generally have a smile on my face and speak freely of my health experience. But I knew I was mentally exhausted. This lovely luncheon and marvelous sail were just what I needed. The folks of Sailing Heals bring such a warm positive attitude to the event. Occasionally in life we think about the ‘best days of our lives.’ I am not overstating when I say that this was truly one of mine. Not because I’ve been dealing with some sometimes daunting challenges, but because this experience is so thoroughly different and exciting compared to the rigors of my current life. I truly felt lifted for days. My sincere thanks to the capable Organizers, and to my steady Skipper Mory and First Mate/Volunteer/Sponsor Andrew.
Geralynn and I had the best day forgetting our medical situation with the Sailing Heals event. We arrived at Manchester by the Sea Yacht Club with warm welcomes and directives to sit, relax and allow the volunteers to take care of us! After a really nice lunch, provided by the Yacht Club we went on boats owned by members of the club, we were with Capt. Peter with his wife Gail. Extremely nice people who told us about the area, the boat, sailing and also let Geralynn helm the boat! Sailed for about 3 hours, very relaxing and allowed us to decompress from some bad news the previous day. As Geralynn said, Cancer took the wind our of our sails and Healing Sails helped put it back in. Cannot thank Trisha, her husband, the Healing Sails organization and the MBSYC for this fantastic day! May you all be blessed as we were blessed by being part of this day.
It was great to be with others that share my experience with cancer. It was a great message that I am not alone.
What a delightful, spirit-lifting afternoon sailing Charleston Harbor! A grand time was had by all. Arranging for three dolphins to appear by our boat was an extra special experience. Thank you for the wonderful organization you and your sister and others have created! Looking forward to working with you on future (outings).
I can't thank you enough for yesterday—what an incredible experience and spirit-lifter! Being on the ocean in that glorious boat was wonderful but what the crew, the owner and (the staff) adds is pure magic! It was a divine experience that will be with me forever! Thank you, Thank you, Thank You!
The captain asked me to steer the boat once we were under sail, and I loved it!
What an honor to be included in the Charleston Sailing. I have been glowing in the memories of that amazing afternoon at sea!...I am never at a loss for words, but I am writing this with tears in my eyes to express how much this day meant to me! I want to thank all the giving brothers & sisters who put this all together.
If I would be able to do it again I would my girls had a blast my husband and I enjoyed every step of the way. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. We loved it. 👍😀
Our hosts were extremely gracious. A once in a life time memory to cherish. Thank you for this gift!
Wonderful, relaxing day! Trisha was fabulous and our captain and his wife were out of this world. For a few hours, you left your worries at the shore and just let the water and waves soothe the soul. There is something so calming about the ocean that you leave relaxed and rejuvenated.
My wife Lisa and I want to thank you so much for the wonderful day of sailing in Newport yesterday. Lisa has wanted to sail for so long. She especially loved her time steering the ship. The boys and I had a great time too. We are so glad that your organization allowed us a brief break from our normally crazy lives. We could all use more breaks! Thanks again.
This organization you have founded is so...well...healing!!!...You have created such a wonderful,healthy, and exciting venue for people who do need help with healing. It was a huge relief for Annie and me and it meant so much to me to see her on that sailboat with the deep blue sea and wind in her hair."
How can we thank you enough for the experience of a lifetime?! We had the most wonderful time! Every one we met was amazing…From the families who were incredible to the extraordinary crew. To be able to do this brought us such joy!...Thank you so much again from the deepest part of my soul!
I and my caretaker wife Liz thoroughly enjoyed a day to get away for the day. Lunch was terrific. Eastport Yacht Club (our hosts) provided an excellent venue to welcome and serve all who attended. To the volunteers who provided their boats, time and entertainment while aboard we thank you as well. With respect to Sailing Heals our supporters and providers for all of the above, we congratulate you on a job well done... The peaceful moments while sailing can't be deprecated any other way. Thank you.
Dealing with cancer, pain and anxiety tends to take over one's daily focus. Spending the day on the water transports one to a place far from health issues. It's an experience I will look back on when I need to quiet the internal noise of living with cancer.
I traveled a lot and have some memories but this Sailing is now on the top of my memories list. It was also the first time on a sailboat ... John the Captin is a people person, enjoyed his expertise and the deck hands. This Sailing was the first time in over 8 years that I got to get away and enjoy myself .Dealing with Cancer and my Ill Wife it was not possible to go anywhere. She passed away 1 1/2 years ago .
Thank you so much for a wonderful day! We are still talking about how nice it was! ...It was beyond enjoyable to be able to see Jess for the first time in such a nice environment. Thank you for offering us this opportunity!
I can't tell you how great it was to meet you and participate in the outing from the Melville Marina last Friday. It was wonderful!...
Sailing Heals and the Sailing Heals team are some of the brightest points in my life and my joy of sailing!
I was a little concerned before attending the event that there would be a lot of talk about cancer. (I usually find the motivational speeches people make about fighting cancer to be depressing.) Fortunately, there was very little of that. It was like a mini vacation from all the stuff going on in our lives. I greatly appreciate the experience and want to pass on my thanks to everyone who organized this event. Thank you.
The day was a true gift. Thank you so very much to all involved in making it possible! It was my first time being on a sailboat & the kindness, generosity and patience of my captains, Dick & Pam made it very special. I finally understand what Christopher Cross has been singing about after all these years. It truly was a healing experience!
"I had a wonderful day on the Bay. The captain and the crew were so generous and friendly. The sail was both relaxing and energizing. I will remember the sounds and feelings of the wind and water during my treatments over the coming months. Thank you for the great gift!" VIP St. Francis Yacht Club Sail
Sue and I just wanted to let you know what a great day we had yesterday. The family on our boat was a true delight. Really a perfect day on the water.
What a great, beautiful afternoon! Sometimes there are just not enough superlatives to express HAPPY!
Thank you again so very much! We will always remember this day as one filled with fun and laughter. Just seeing my kids filled with excitement of this experience was such a gift, after all they have been through and witnessed this year with my husband’s illness. Thank you so much!
One of those charity events where you get more than you give. Absolutely splendid.
In Feb I had my 10th surgery related to cancer. The process often lasts for years. I am so grateful to Sailing Heals for providing the chance to cruise the Charleston harbor. It was time well spent, leaving worries and treatment behind. Thank you for a glorious afternoon!
...What an honor to be included in your Charleston Sail last Friday. I have been glowing in the memories of that amazing afternoon at sea!...I am usually not at a loss for words...but I am writing this with tears in my eyes to express how much this day meant to me. I want to thank all the giving brothers and sisters who put this all together...!
My friend Kim and I would like to thank you for an awesome sail on the water with Mike. He was such a friendly and gracious host and captain. The weather was perfect - sunny and windy for a fabulous sail. Thanks again for organizing the event.
Friday's sailing was a very pleasant experience for me and I really appreciate being among the few to participate. I'd like to thank everybody who made this possible...
I want to thank you and Sailing Heals for the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day on the water. It's been awhile since I have been sailing on the north shore, and it felt like I was back home again. I want to also thank the captains for their generosity in sharing their time and beautiful boats. Please keep up the good work, it is very much appreciated.
I painted this as a symbol of the path cancer patients take – we cannot see the end but there is beauty along the way, despite it all. Thank you for bringing the beauty into lives of those who need it most!
It’s always special seeing the smile of our VIPS when they can take the Wheel and be in charge of their day.
My thanks to ALL for making this possible. It’s always a joy to take people out and share our beautiful club, boats and the Bay! Wouldn't miss it for anything!
I want to express my gratitude to your organization for providing an amazing support experience. My husband Brian lost his battle with lung cancer in June and the last year and a half was a most difficult year for us. The Sailing Heals experience was the highlight of our struggle. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for your support in helping to make Boston an amazing experience for our family…Thank you for the beautiful day of sailing! We had a wonderful time!
...a day doesn't go by when I don’t think about that beautiful day at sea. The boat was such a treat, as was the crew and guests (VIPs) and the lovely lunch at the Corinthian Yacht Club. It was one of the nicest days I enjoyed this summer. Thanks to you and Sailing Heals!
Once again, a miraculous shift moves inside me. Is it the water, the ships, the people, the wind... ? I don't know, but it is real! And it touches such a worn and struggling soul. I can't thank you all enough for sharing you ideas, blessings, and time. You got me out of irons, again.
What a day! I felt so special...the weather, the sailboat, the company, the box lunch, and the sailing....It truly was healing... Thank you Mike and Lindsay for your willingness to let me drive....and trust me...I learned so much.... My journey this past year has made me more aware of the beauty in life and the kindness of people... Thank you for an unforgettable day....and for your support in helping me to heal from the inside out..
Direct orders from on high... "unwind, relax, you're mine."
We are so thankful for the sailing heals. we had a blast. it was a real nice change of pace to take a break from all the doctors appointments and what not and go enjoy an afternoon doing something we would never be able set up ourselves. Pretending to be pirates only made it that much better. The people were great, the food was great and we can't wait till the next one.
Your program was the push I needed to get out of my house and mingle with new friends. Thank you for creating this wonderful opportunity!
Being out on the ocean was just what we needed. It was such a relaxing day. My son especially enjoyed the chance to steer the boat. Thanks for the wonderful day!
EVERYONE had a terrific time and the conversation kept going back to how nice it was that total strangers would entertain us sick peoples, on their own dime and time !!! Totally an experience of a lifetime for some as they have never sailed before. Truly a day of smiles for all those involved 🙂
I had a wonderful experience with folks from Sailing Heals, local captains and Charleston residents. A very well-planned event and relaxing - thank you Trisha, for making it possible for me to attend - what a great organization!
It was an extraordinary experience to meet cancer survivors and see how they live positively fighting their disease. Also, how the community an society, like sailing Heals, is helping cancer survivors.
...the day was amazing!! We all had such a great time and you and your group do a fantastic job of organizing and making patients feel so welcome and appreciated. The boat ride was spectacular.
It was a lovely day on the water. Everyone was very warm and friendly. I felt blessed to have this chance to relax and enjoy lunch with others who understood the challenges our family has experienced. It was so nice to have a special day with my husband. We enjoyed each others company over lunch and a lovely sail. He has been a big support to me through many months of medical treatment and it was fun seeing him smile as the captain gave him a chance to steer the boat through the harbor. Thank you to all of the wonderful men and women who made this day possible.
Thank you for the gift of Sailing Heals! We had a wonderful day on the water sailing from the Boston Yacht Club. Keep up the great work!
This was an amazing experience!! Would love the chance to do it again!😊
Thanks for the opportunity to sail with Sailing Heals. Such a wonderful mission. I enjoyed myself tremendously as did the rest of the crew on Windjammer. I wish you continued great success with your program and look forward to seeing it continue to grow.
...I don't feel that words can express how fabulous this is. I continue to battle numerous health issues and the sail gave me a chance to forget about it. I am so grateful to all who allow us to have this experience.
“I know I thanked you yesterday but I cannot adequately express my thanks to you for having started this miraculous endeavor. You guys are beyond amazing! A project of this magnitude requires a tremendous amount of time and dedication.”
Was a grand day just to get people together to eat and talk relax on the water and we didnt even talk 1x about our cancer ! ..Thank you so much for putting together such a great day and for all who shared in this event ..
I wanted to write and thank you for the beautiful day you provided for myself and my colleagues from Lunder 10 (Bldg.) at Mass General. It was a lovely afternoon! It was also so interesting to hear about your program…I wish you and your program every success. I can't imagine a more therapeutic program for anybody that may need (its) benefits. Thank you again for extending this opportunity to us!
It was a pleasure meeting you y'day. Thank you for organizing a wonderful sail for us yesterday afternoon! It was really enjoyable to meet the participants and go sailing in the harbor. I had a great time. Thank you for bringing Sailing Heals to Charleston!
...that sail gave her the most beautiful view of Nantucket. You gave her a breath of fresh air...thank you so much for last year. It was absolutely incredible. It is something that few people get to experience even when they live on Nantucket....
"I cannot begin to tell you how much our afternoon sail on VALIANT meant to us...As a nurse, there haven't been a whole lot of "thank yous" over the past 40 years of service. So a day devoted to the celebration of what is definitely a fabulous profession is so deeply appreciated! Additionally, Sailing Heals has been so impactful to my brother Stephen who is being transplanted with stem cells at this very moment. Yesterday was a celebration of life and all its glory. It was a spectacularly beautiful and you are an amazing ambassador for so many (3,000!!) Keep sailing!"
I want to thank you for an AMAZING experience this past Sunday. I absolutely loved, loved, loved it and did my friends…such a great time; it's a wonderful thing that (Sailing Heals) is doing! Thanks so much for an unforgettable day!