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Captains Sharing & Caring looks for places to host events this summer

Captains Sharing & Caring, a nonprofit foundation that gives children with terminal illnesses or physical disabilities and their families a day out on several local waterways, is looking to marinas, yacht clubs and those with private docks to hosts events this summer.

According to Cheryl Krajcsik, the executive director of the foundation, this is the third summer that the foundation will run events, mostly on Middle, North East and Magothy rivers and Bodkin Creek.

The events typically last from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the water — with a picnic or other activities, such as swimming afterward — on Sundays from June through August. Those hosting the event are given a tax-exempt donation paper.

Krajcsik said most of the children who participate are patients at the Ronald McDonald House, Children's Hospital at Johns Hopkins and Sinai Hospital's pediatric oncology unit, as well as at the Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.

Krajcsik said she and her husband, Bob, who live in Harrisburg, Pa., lost their 2 1/2-year-old daughter to cancer more than 30 years ago. It was Bob Krajcsik who thought of the idea for the foundation while the couple was sailing on Susquehanna River a few years ago.

"He said, 'This is so nice and so peaceful, we should share this with someone," Cheryl Krajcsik said. "I could never figure out why I lost my daughter, but she's my little angel who goes on our trips with us. We do this because we want to give these children and their families who can't afford to go on vacations a chance to relax."

Cheryl Krajcsik said she prefers to use yachts or bigger air-conditioned boats for the events in case the children need to go inside if the weather is too hot. She said the children have been as young as 7 months and as old as 12 years, but children 18 and under are welcome.

Those interested in hosting an event can contact the Krajcsiks on the foundation's Facebook page at Facebook.com/FWFCB or by phone at 717-514-6278.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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