Quotes & Testimonies - 2013
We would like to hear from you! Please contact us with your personal story about sailing in one of our Sail To Prevail programs and how it has affected your life.
To me, competitive sailing is a privilege, it's also my freedom, and it's good clean fun all at the same time. When I was spinal cord injured so many years ago, I would never have imagined that I would be enjoying life so much, thanks to the adaptive sailing program at Sail To Prevail.
– Joseph Guay, Veteran, Wednesday Night Racing
Confidence is Cool participants at the beach!
My name is Fraser, and I am Autistic. That means that I am special. I like to sail, because when I am sailing, I feel happy. Sailing makes me happy, because it makes me feel powerful.
– Fraser (teenager) Nantucket Chapter participant
When people ask me what I am doing this summer, I tell them, “I am going home. This is my home.”
– Rachel (age 17)
I’m not grumpy anymore!
– Jordan (age 18)
I've been a camper at Sail To Prevail's "Confidence is Cool Camp" for seven summers now. … I think the best experience I had this summer at camp and every other summer is creating new lifelong friendships that I will cherish forever.
– Brianna (age 14) Confidence is Cool participant
This summer was one to remember. Interacting with so many people, from many different locations and with many different experiences, was an amazing experience. It's always wonderful to see so many people work very hard just to help both children and young adults build the confidence they need to succeed and achieve their dreams. It is always inspiring to see how people grow each year. But this year, seeing old faces and connecting with new ones, the importance of a haven for children with disabilities was brought to light. The idea that together anything is possible has been proven yet again, and as we prepare for next year, we hope to make a bigger difference in the lives of many individuals. This summer I've seen and heard lives change, and as always it's an honor to be a part of such a great community.
– Jose (age 18) former participant, now a volunteer
This is my feelings from not only a parent’s point of view but also from someone who is disabled. My son Jack had the most amazing time at camp with all of the wonderful campers and counselors. The entire experience was incredible. It allowed Jack to see other kids who have struggles and to know that he was not alone in this. He watched kids overcome their fears and have fun and not let anything stop them. Jack is five years old and besides myself, he had never really met any other children with disabilities. It was a great experience for him. He learned so much and made great friends. He was so proud of himself when he learned to swim by "himself", with counselor Zach. You guys gave him the confidence he needed and he really loved every moment. This was Jack's first time at camp, but he will definitely be back next year. Thank you to each and every one of you for all you did to make this such an amazing experience for my little boy!!
– Melanie Marshall – Mother of Jack, Confidence is Cool participant
Max & his Dad
What struck me the most was that the kids were actually sailing. What a wonderful and engaging activity for youth and adults alike! I didn't realize how successful it could be to promote self esteem and confidence.
– Sue Donovan, Barrington Circle of Friends
I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful season and for everything that you have done for our patients. We were thwarted a bit by the weather, but the kids were positively glowing about the days they were able to go out. Thank you again for helping to make this wonderful program possible.
– Tanya, Meghan and Renee, Hasbro
Thank you so very much for all of your help and dedication to the Sail Away From Cancer program. The smiles and joy that you bring to our patients are priceless and it means so much to us. Each year, our kids and their families look forward to escaping to the water for the day. You are such a blessing to so many and a joy to work with. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you do!
With warmest gratitude,
– Tanya, Meghan and Renee on behalf of the Hasbro Pediatric Program
P.S. We look forward to next year!
Thank you again for offering this fantastic program for our local families as well as our visitors. STP has already made such an impact in the families we serve lives and they are very excited about getting out on the water again. I know that Kim and I are thrilled to have families with disabilities/special needs be able to access one of Nantucket's best treasures - the sea! It has been a great summer with STP!!!!
– Tina Steadman, Director of Programming & Operation, Nantucket S.T.A.R.
The sailing program is the highlight of the summer for our families. We are so fortunate! Thank you so much!
– Kim Horyn, Director Max and his Dad, Nantucket Autism Speaks Resource Center
Over the past summer, I've seen the students at Cornerstone school flourish when attending the Sail To Prevail program! The students at Cornerstone are often times unable to participate in activities afforded to a typical student but Sail To Prevail has done an amazing job of adapting their sailboats and equipment to allow our students to have the same experience! The staff have done a exceptional job making our students feel welcome and accepted, often times teaching the student to steer and take control of the sailboat! From week to week, the students continuously looked forward to taking the trip down to Newport. Sailing with Sail To Prevail has become a featured highlight of Cornerstone Schools summer schedule!
– Lauren Windsor, Cornerstone Schools
Hope we get to do this again next year - students absolutely love it!!
– Bonnie M. Eddy, Administrative Assistant, Cornerstone School
Over the past four weeks we had participants signed up for 34 camp sessions. The demographic that we have served include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, scoliosis, hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorder, right-sided hemiparesis, cortical visual impairment (from TBI), muscular dystrophy, neurofibromatosis and spinal cord tumors, heart transplant recipient, chiari malformation, Charcot Marie Tooth, hereditary spastic paraplegia, and Spastic Diplegia caused by spinal cord injury.
– Sarah Kirwin, Director, Sail To Prevail, Confidence is Cool Camp