Leukemia Cup Regatta has local connections
, 2014

Leukemia Cup Regatta has local connections

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will hold the Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta in Deltaville July 6 through 8. For the 14th year racers, cruisers, experts, and novices have the opportunity to join in the fun and fundraising as LLS sets sail for the cure.

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From left are Amy Thomas and Cindy Pittman.

The Leukemia Cup Regatta was just voted the best Regatta on the Bay by Chesapeake Bay Magazine. The host, Stingray Point Marina, and sponsors, Stingray Harbour and Fishing Bay Yacht Clubs, will be joined by supporting sponsor, Wilton Creek Cruising Club.

Contributions of individual donors and businesses are vital to the LLS fundraising effort. The proceeds help fulfill the mission to cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, & Hodgkin’s disease and improve the life of patients and families. Over 78% of LLS donations fund research to find cures, and provide services and support patients and their families fighting blood cancer.

Amy Thomas of Lancaster is a recipient of LLS support and research. In January 2007 Thomas was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and received treatment and a stem cell transplant at the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at MCV in Richmond. At the time, LLS was participating in a Phase III Trial Study comparing standard care verses a future care option including the transplant. After nearly eight months of treatment and transplant, followed by 100 days of restrictions, and nearly a year of recovery, she will be celebrating her fifth year of remission in July.

During her extended hospital stay and during and after the transplant, the captain and crew of the sailing vessel “Juggernaut” signed a 2007 Leukemia Cup Regatta t-shirt with the inscription “We heeled for you, please HEAL for us.” The support by LLS, the regatta, and the “Juggernaut” were so meaningful that she became the Honored Skipper in 2008 and 2009 and has supported the regatta every year since. The regatta motto is “we sail together so no one has to fight alone,” and to her this became so meaningful during her battle with blood cancer, said Thomas.

Cindy Pittman of Rappahannock Hang-Ups has been a supporter of the Leukemia Cup Regatta for a number of years and recently donated a nautical print entitled “Different Philosophies” to Thomas for this year’s silent auction at 5 p.m. July 7. Ross’s Rings & Things also donated a ship’s wheel clock for the auction, said Thomas.

Along with the auctions Saturday, there will be a barbecue dinner, cash bar, and music by Premiere. A meet-and-greet with Gary Jobson is slated at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

To make a donation, visit leukemiacup.org/va, or contact Debbie Bridwell at Debbie.nridwell@lls.org, or 673-5690. Your support will help patients and their families fight blood cancers.

Racing activities will be officiated by FBYC. Register at leukemiacup.org/va. All entries are due before noon, July 5.

Divisions will include PHRF spinnaker and non-spinnaker, J105, classic for boats designed prior to 1975, and cruising for a more casual racing format, he said. Skippers need an official PHRF rating to participate in the classic and cruising divisions. Supply boat specifications and a temporary rating will be assigned for the series.

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