Our Beautiful New Boat
THE EARLY DAYS
Pastor Tommy Cook
Founder and Leadership
In 2008, Tommy began “Reach and Preach on the Beach", a ministry later to be incorporated as Reach and Teach Ministry, Inc., and certified a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization. Pastor Tommy has been heard on the radio, has made several appearances on The Christian Television Network, and has been asked to speak at a variety of venues throughout Florida. He is passionate about Fishing and devoting his life to serving Christ.
Wishing and Fishing was formed after his daughter Carly became diagnosed with cancer. After witnessing the treatment of Carly firsthand, Tommy and his wife Kel gained a new-found respect for the level of stress and discomfort cancer and diseases like it levied on the patient and their families. They both realized a real need for providing a fun and exciting respite for children and their families. Tommy's love for fishing provided a natural path towards the development and launch of "Wishing and Fishing", a permanent project within the Reach and Teach Ministry Charter.
We all appreciate the contribution Pastor Tommy and his wife Kel have had on Wishing and Fishing and we encourage you to support this wonderful ministry in caring for those who need it the most, the children.
Volunteer Operations Director
Steve is a technology and business professional who utilizes his expertise to manage and support the operational aspects of the ministry. He is the creator and editor of our website and volunteers when in Florida. Steve understands the value of providing enjoyable diversions for all people who are overcome with life, especially children with cancer who suffer greatly during prolonged periods of treatment regimes. As a team, we promise to be creative in our pursuit of creating an enjoyable experience for each participant in our program. Our number one goal is to have fun in a safe and responsible manner.
Other interests are in supporting Veterans including the Vietnam Veterans whom some would say have been forgotten.
Above all else, Steve is committed to his faith and practices sharing the love of Christ to everyone he meets.
Advisor / Volunteer
Shane is a professional who offers support through general business advice and volunteerism. Shane cares deeply for children who are suffering and wants to do his part to comfort children with cancer along with their family members who suffer along with them. It is just as important to reach out to all children who are distressed in some way to add a smile or two to their day.
RTM was founded in Clearwater Beach, Florida in 2008 and received their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in June of 2012. Headquartered in the Tampa Bay area, the organization provides services that promote life enrichment and palliative care to children with cancer, blood disorders, and/or children who are living in adverse conditions.
At no cost to the participants, we provide support to children with cancer and their families throughout the treatment process and when in remission. We have no geographical boundaries for persons receiving services. We are able to provide programs through the generosity of the community, businesses and corporate sponsors, individual donors, grants, and fundraisers.
Services are based on eligibility of participants. Eligibility is determined by a diagnosis of either cancer or any life threatening disease or anyone living in adverse conditions, such as single parent families or low income housing as well as all Veterans.
RTM does not discriminate against participation based on religion, color, race, age, sexual orientation or economic status.