Join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for the 2016 Pacific Union Leukemia Cup Regatta!
The Pacific Union Leukemia Cup Regatta event will take place on Oct. 22 – 23, 2016, at The San Francisco Yacht Club (SFYC) in Belvedere, CA. This fun weekend kicks off with the 2nd Annual Perkins Corporate Challenge on Sat., Oct. 22 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. The Challenge is followed by the VIP Dinner in the evening at the SFYC, featuring special guest speaker Ethan Zohn*, former American professional soccer player, CBS Survivor: Africa winner, two-time lymphoma crusher and philanthropist. He gives new meaning to the word survivor, according to SF Leukemia Cup Regatta Sr. Campaign Manager, Jennifer Daly. Word on the water is that the VIP dinner is always a huge success!
On Sun., Oct. 23, the Pacific Union Leukemia Cup Regatta will begin with a Sponsor Breakfast at 10am at the SFYC and boats will board at approximately 11:30am. There will also be a Cruising Class on-the-water parade and an awards celebration with a BBQ. Supporters are registering their boats for this fun regatta because it is a meaningful event and many know someone who had or has a blood cancer. There is a great spirit of fundraising among the skippers, their crews, SFYC and spectators.
“I first got involved when one of my yacht club friends told me his 8 year old was sick with a rare blood disease,” explained Bill Smith with Pacific Union and Christie’s International Real Estate. “At the time I was Rear Commodore of our yacht club (The San Francisco Yacht Club) and had been involved on the race council. He was aware of LLS having a regatta and asked if I could help get the YC to participate. I did, joined the committee (was co-chair the year we hit the $1,000,000 mark) and in 2006 we had our first regatta. The club jumped all over it and each year we did it, we had enormous success. The member’s son was our honorary skipper until the year I wanted to find other survivors and we made them honorary skippers too. The young boy (Campbell Nolan) is now 18 and off to university, healthy as can be.” Bill commented that if it were two decades ago with that rare blood disease, Campbell may not have been here today.
John Arndt with Latitude 38 sailing magazine also got involved in the very first regatta. “I’ve raced our Ranger 33 ’Summer Sailstice’ almost every year. Like a runner running for a cause, it is a great opportunity to engage in your favorite pastime while also doing good for the world and your community. Of course, any chance to sail the Bay makes for a good day, but ultimately what makes participating in the Leukemia Cup so important is the impact it has on people you know. Renowned sailor Gary Jobson and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have done a great job engaging the sailing community to support the cause.”
Leading up to the October regatta, LLS launched their inaugural Leukemia SUP (Stand-up Paddle Boards) Cup on Aug. 7, 2016, along the Tiburon waterfront. “After 10 years of running the most successful Leukemia Cup Regatta in the country, which is hosted annually in October by the San Francisco Yacht Club, ” according to SUP participant Stan Hales, ”LCR committee members have added the new SUP event to reach a wider audience of those who have a personal connection to someone with blood cancer and want to contribute.” Hales, a member of the SFYC, has been on the LCR committee for five years.
Registration & Event Details
- Classic Yacht
- Non- Spinnaker
Join the Cruising Fleet:
Motor boaters or sailors: Register now to join the “On-The-Water Parade” around the bay while hosting Honorary Skippers and sponsor guests.
Spectators on the Bay:
Meet at the SFYC in Belvedere on Sat., Oct. 23 at 10am for an incredible day out on the Bay. Package includes: Buffet breakfast, 1-spot on a gorgeous boat to cruise the Bay and watch the Pacific Union Leukemia Cup Regatta races, post-race BBQ, two drink tickets, live music, awards celebration and shopping at the Marketplace. Get tickets now!
Costs: $125 for sailboats and $100 for cruising boats. VIP Dinner seats may be purchased for $1,000 per person.For questions or to purchase VIP Dinner seats, contact Jennifer Daly at 415-625-1139 or [email protected] Details on fundraising opportunities here.
About the LLS’s Leukemia Cup RegattaSM
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup RegattaSM is a thrilling series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to cure cancer. Since its inception, the Leukemia Cup Regatta has raised millions of dollars for lifesaving research and patient services, bringing help and hope to patients and their families.
At events held at yacht clubs across North America, skippers register their boats and recruit friends and colleagues to help crew and to raise funds. Crewmembers seek donations from friends, family, co-workers and employers to sponsor their boat. National and local event sponsors also support the Leukemia Cup Regatta.
The local San Francisco Leukemia Cup Regatta is hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club, and is organized by the Greater Bay Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Now in its 11th year, our local event has consistently been the nation’s top fundraiser.
LLS’s continued advancements over the years are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled. Many LLS-supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but also are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They’re even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs like Gleevec, Sprycel, Arinza, Tasigna and Zolinza are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible.
*More About Ethan Zohn
When Ethan first heard those three words — “you have cancer” — He knew his life would never be the same. Doubt and fear unpacked their bags and wouldn’t leave. He endured numerous rounds of chemotherapy, one relapse, and two separate bone marrow transplants. But through the struggle, Ethan found his voice as the megaphone for a generation of young adults with cancer. He has served as spokesperson for numerous organizations fighting for cancer, including Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), Livestrong, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, First Descents and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His journey has been profiled by People Magazine, The Huffington Post, the Today Show and many others. Today, Ethan is in remission and uses a unique blend of storytelling, motivational speaking and humor to write and speak about finding purpose in the face of life’s most difficult challenges. (from his website)