Casey Cares, an organization dedicated to creating little moments and lasting memories for families with critically ill children, sent seven-year old Liam and his father, James, on a special father-son charter fishing vacation last month. Liam, who is battling a rare form of leukemia called Burkitt’s Cell Leukemia, loves to fish but had never been on a charter boat trip.
Casey Cares arranged for a five-hour charter boat fishing trip, thanks to Captain Mike Sadler of Southern Belle Charters, a two-night stay at the Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club on Kent Island, dinner at the Fisherman’s Crab Deck and at Hemingway’s, and an autographed copy of the book “Chadwick the Crab” by local author, Priscilla Cummings. Liam and James enjoyed their road trip from their home in Shelby, OH, to Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
This trip marked the 650th vacation Casey Cares has provided to families like Liam’s, a major milestone for the organization. Shortly after the non-profit was founded in 2000, it began sending families in its programs on vacations. Over the years, these families have enjoyed quality time together checking out national monuments and museums in Washington, DC, going to amusement parks such as Hershey Park and Busch Gardens, taking trips to Great Wolf Lodge, and more.
Donations to Casey Cares help make trips like Liam’s possible. If you own a beach house or rental property that you can donate or want to make a monetary donation to make more lasting memories possible for families with critically ill children, visit caseycares.org.