Our goals are to provide precious time together by using sailing as a tool to bring and guide our guests to be together and be thankful for the time that they have together no matter where their loved ones are in their cancer journey.
We strive to provide lasting memories and time together by being on the water together powered by the wind.
Our excursions are elemental (in nature), guided (all of our Captains and Volunteers are either cancer survivors or they have been cancer caregivers - and they 'speak the language of being challenged by cancer), and lastly, our excursions are metaphorical. We 'cast off' the lines and detach the vessel from land and while at the same time 'detaching' our guests from their stress and anxiety that they carry with cancer.
Finally, we give the helm to the patient so that he/she can be in total control of a vessel when everything else in their lives more often, is out of control because of the unknowns of cancer.
Healing Winds strategies for accomplishing the goal of providing respite through sailing is to make a difference in the growing population of people all around us who are being diagnosed with cancer.
We will be increasing the number of sails that we provide (free of charge) to three times a day and six days a week in each location. Our goals are to provide these sails in locations throughout New England on donated vessels with volunteer Captains and Crew.
As our organization completes our 5th year of operation, we are proud to share that we have brought out over 1,500 passengers on private three hour sails.
We are growing carefully, with vessels that are being donated to us in each location. Our structure is being formed as a National non-profit with individual Chapters that are also 501c3 sub organizations adhering with our strong brand and mission.
The model is strong and much like Make A Wish's structure.
We ARE making a difference one sail at a time.
Our progress will be in the number of passengers that we bring out on guided, intentional three hour sails as well as the number of Chapters that will be formed in the next 5 years throughout the Northeast Seaboard.
In just 5 short Vermont sailing seasons, we have successfully brought out over 1,500 passengers and their loved ones on 3 hour sails. Our vessels (there are three) have been donated to us and we have been granted the promise of unlimited vessels to be donated to us to further our mission in the USA.
We are receiving national attention and we have successfully opened up our first Chapter out of State – in Salem, Massachusetts.
We are making a profound difference one sail at a time by providing respite for cancer patients and their loved ones TOGETHER outside being powered by mother nature.