Cruising for a Cause
Your calendar is undoubtedly filling up by the minute with exciting activities for the beautiful summer months in the great Pacific Northwest, but don’t forget to block out June 9 for a philanthropic sail in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup Regatta. Over one million people in North America have been diagnosed with a blood cancer. By spending a day on Puget Sound, you’ll help raise funds to fight leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood cancers, while also making a critical difference in the lives of patients and their families coping with these life-threatening conditions.
Did we mention you get to sail too? An Ideal day, if you ask us. Each participating sailor is eligible to win various prizes, including the opportunity to race at the Celebration Sail in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 30 – December 1, 2018. The notion is simple: raise the most money and take home the ever-so-coveted Leukemia Cup.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) works behind the scenes to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma to improve patients’ and their families’ quality of life. For nearly 31 years, the society has put on fundraising events, such as the regatta in Seattle and other on-water competitions throughout the United States, and with contributions from attendees and generous donors, lifesaving blood cancer research worldwide is made possible. The LLS also provides free information and support services to those in need every step of the way.
Register as a participant online today – don’t forget your crew! Registered skippers will take on an important role; they’ll not only captain their crew in the regatta, but they’ll also lead their team’s fundraising efforts. Skippers, be prepared to spread the word, be the role model, and have fun! If you’re a junior sailor and would like to support LLS, sign up for the May 20 Seattle Yacht Club Junior Regatta. Registration is open and available for both events online at leukemiacup.org.
If you’re more of a land-dwelling creature than the sailing type, don’t worry! There are still so many ways to get involved. Register for the Leukemia Cup Regatta as a virtual sailor. Donate to a participant and their team or make a general donation to support the entire event. Volunteers are always needed to help with event planning, administration, and to keep the event a success. Or consider becoming a Leukemia Cup Regatta sponsor!
Thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the society and the donors that make blood cancer research possible, over $82 million has been raised since the first Leukemia Cup in 1988; it’s easy to add to that incredible feat while having some boat-loving fun at this year’s Leukemia Cup Regatta. The race will begin in Elliott Bay Marina in Seattle on June 9. Whether you’re a sailor, skipper, sea-enthusiast, or there to simply support the cause, head to the docks to support LLS! Navigate to leukemiacup.org/wa to register or to simply learn more about the Regatta.