Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
For one thousand dollars you can cruise back in time to the golden era of Camelot on John F. Kennedy's presidential yacht and help the critically ill children of America's heroes at the same time. The 93-foot Honey Fitz, JFK's beloved presidential yacht is preparing to help WishGivers.org raise money for the terminally ill children of America’s military, police and firefighters.
The owner of Honey Fitz, Texas oilman William Kallop, bought the yacht at Sotheby’s Camelot auction in 1998 for $5.9 million. Kallop has agreed to donate the yacht to WishGivers.org to help their charitable efforts, which have been primarily funded by everyday Americans who join Feel-Good Fridays for three dollars a week.
Executive Director of WishGivers.org, PJ Schrantz, is a retired New York City fireman who was a first-responder on September 11, 2001. “I was at Ground Zero for eight days fighting fires while my son Dustin was in a children’s hospital fighting leukemia,” says Schrantz.
Schrantz’s son, Dustin, fought cancer for four and a half years then died in his father’s arms at the age of seven. “I was devastated,” said Schrantz, “As a fireman I’m trained to save lives, but I was helpless to save my own son.”
Out of his grief, WishGivers.org was born. “WishGivers.org provides hands-on support, medical treatment and financial assistance for America’s heroes with critically ill kids,” said Tamara Lowe, who co-founded WishGivers.org with PJ Schrantz.
“America’s defenders don’t take the job for the money,” Lowe said, “Even with good insurance coverage, PJ was left with o
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