Set Sail for ‘Healing Winds’

Nonprofit's new Salem branch gets cancer patients out on the water

Set Sail for ‘Healing Winds’



SALEM — There’s a new boat in the harbor, one with sails powered by hope.

The captain changes every time. He or she may be bald or wheelchair-bound, charging through radiation treatments or facing down a death sentence at the hands of cancer.

Suzanne Johnson understands firsthand. A stage 2 breast cancer survivor, she’s the executive director of Healing Winds, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic sailing excursions for people living with cancer and their friends and family.

“We give them the wheel and total control over something in their life,” Johnson said, “when everything else is out of control.”

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