What We Do
Our organization specializes in providing fishing therapy to patients during and after treatment, as it is becoming increasingly recognized as a valuable complementary psychosocial therapy for reducing stress and anxiety. Through our free fishing charters, patients and families can enjoy the expertise of our “Dream Team” of certified Coast Guard Captains and guides, who prioritize safety, professionalism, and ability. For kids battling cancer, these special opportunities provide a chance to find respite from the challenges of treatment and regain a sense of normalcy in their lives by learning and enjoying a new activity. To support our mission, we work closely with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, coordinating programs with The Courage of Carly Fund and the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) program. We are grateful to our corporate and individual sponsors and partners, who help us provide as many charters as possible, and invite you to explore our website to learn more about the exciting programs we offer for these brave kids.
Our fishing charters at Catching Dreams Charters include all necessary fishing gear, bait, and licenses, as well as a knowledgeable captain and crew who are passionate about creating a safe and enjoyable experience for children with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses. Read our FAQ for more info.
Why We Fish
Through our fishing charters, we create an environment where children can forget their daily challenges and create unforgettable memories with their families. Our fishing trips not only provide a fun day out on the water, but also offer a sense of accomplishment and confidence to children who may face physical or emotional obstacles in their daily lives.
- Fishing therapy can provide a calming and meditative experience, reducing stress and anxiety in children.
- The tactile and sensory experiences of fishing can improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination in children with disabilities.
- Fishing therapy can promote socialization and communication skills, as children work together with their families and the crew to catch fish and share in the excitement of the experience.
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Board of Directors
Bill Hilts Jr.
Dr. Denise Rotitka
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