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Regatta raises almost $100,000 for Leukemia

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Nutcracker cuts through the waves during Saturday’s Leukemia Cup Regatta in the Chesapeake Bay near Deltaville. (Photo courtesy of Jiho Han)

Rob Whittet has been a committed participant in The Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta, setting sail each year for 15 years to help raise funds for cancer research. His involvement became even more meaningful in 2010 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His loyal crew readied the boat and he joined the team one day after being released from his first hospital stay. After nine months of chemotherapy, he recently celebrated two years of remission.

On July 13-14, Whittet, aboard Wavelength, was among nearly 70 boats participating in The Leukemia Cup Regatta in Deltaville. Together they raised almost $100,000 thus far to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) fund research to find better therapies and help improve the lives of patients and their families.

Fund-raising continues through October with each sailor eligible to win prizes including the opportunity to race at the 2013 Fantasy Sail in Captiva, Florida, with world-renowned sailor and EXPN commentator Gary Jobson, national Regatta chairman and lymphoma survivor.

The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a thrilling series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to fight leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Participants have raised more than $42 million to help advance the LLS mission since the inception of the Leukemia Cup Regatta.

Detailed race results are available at http://www.fbyc.net.

“The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a great way for these boat enthusiasts to do what they love while also helping the more than one million people in North American diagnosed with a blood cancer who need our help,” said Sheri Lambert, Virginia Chapter executive director.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup Regatta is one of the ways to help blood cancer patients and their families. Visit http://www.leukemiacup.org to learn more about the regatta, or to learn about other LLS fundraising programs, visit http://www.lls.org.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.17.2013

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