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Campaigning for water safety


Creating a foundation to promote marine safety has helped Kovaladas Balciauskas deal with the loss of his best friend in a boating accident.

Tauras Gaizutis of Chicago, his brother Rimas Gaizutis of Beverly Shores and their cousin Martynas Meskuskas visiting from Lithuania drowned March 30, 2002, in Chicago's Calumet Harbor while fishing from an outboard motorboat. Friends and family members waited weeks before their bodies were recovered from Lake Michigan.

"After everything had happened, we started discussing it amongst friends and family," said Balciauskas. The not-for-profit MaRiTa Foundation was the result, using a combination of their names for its title.   more...


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