Fresh Air gives a taste of life in the slow lane

"I want to go to college and my friends, Jackie and the family, are helping me," says Cruz.

The Citrinitis are happy to encourage Cruz.

"He said, 'I want to live up here where there are no sidewalks and nice houses,' and I said, 'Well, you have go to school first,'" says Citriniti.

This summer Cruz and the Citrinitis also had a visit with District Attorney Francisco Calderon, a former Fresh Air Fund participant.

Enrique had expressed interest in becoming a lawyer.

"I talked to him about all the different opportunities that are available to him," says Calderon. He also spoke of his own experiences with the Fresh Air program.

"I was very fortunate to have a really great family take me in they were absolutely wonderful," says Calderon. "They opened their home and gave me an opportunity to experience things that I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to do."

Calderon fondly remembered his Upstate experience.

"They took me camping, I went swimming, I went to the lake, I participated in local baseball leagues. They had a lot of property, so it gave me opportunity to run around. I had my summer brother " I had someone there who was my age. We were able to play all day," says Calderon.

It also gives kids the opportunity to have a few days or a few weeks without all of the pressures of home.

In Enrique's home in the Bronx, he lives with his grandmother, two older siblings, and two younger siblings. This past summer he had to take on more responsibility than most average 15 year olds. For example, he had to get up at 5 a.m. every day to bring his sister to a train to go to a school for gifted children.

"This time at least he said, 'I'm really tired of everybody relying on me,'" says Citriniti.

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