When presented with the opportunity to crew a 105 year old tall ship in the North Atlantic, two fifteen year old cousins, one from West Orange, NJ and one from Brewster, Ma. Signed on, but not before reflecting on the family story that led them to this juncture.
Jack Ryan Mault and Kieran Thomas Norton have sailed before, on the waters of Cape Cod bay. During their early years their carefree summer was interrupted as their uncle, Dennis Mault, was diagnosed with a deadly brain cancer known as Glioblastoma Multiforme. They were young and would not know or remember the battle their Grandmother, Loretta Mault had fought and lost to the same enemy. The family would lose a dear friend, Angelo Vayas, to the same cancer 12 years later.
In May of 2016, Jacks father Michael, started the “Sailing for a Solution” fundraiser, as he participated in a 5000 mile, transatlantic sail on the tall ship “Europa” from The Canary Islands to Cape Verde and across the Atlantic to Montevideo, Uruguay. These boy’s continued that fundraiser which now stands at over $30,000 as they participated in Sail Boston and crewed the “Bark Europa” with 100% of the donations going to the American Brain Tumor Association.
Isak Dineson said, “The cure for anything is salt water; sweat tears or the sea”. As a family they have experienced countless tears in their losses and the boys have shed their share of sweat as they sailed 500 miles from Boston to Prince Edward Island, Canada. Their overwhelming wish and prayer is that their efforts on the sea will bring awareness and hopefully a cure to this horrible disease. No donation is too small. Please search for “Sailing for a Solution” under the YouCaring website for further information and to contribute.