Byline: The Log Staff
With events ranging from an electric boat poker run to sailboat races for juniors, PHRF boats and cruising class boats, upcoming Leukemia Cup activities offer boaters many ways to raise funds to support life-saving medical research while participating in their favorite activities.
At yacht clubs across the nation, skippers will register their boats and recruit friends and colleagues to help crew and to raise funds in a variety of Leukemia Cup events. Crewmembers seek donations from friends, family, co-workers and employers to sponsor their boats — and both national and local event sponsors also support the regatta.
Anyone with an interest in regattas and a passion about raising funds to cure cancer is invited to participate, organizers announced. Participants include both boaters and spectators — and a variety of associated shoreside festivities and fundraisers are planned.
At Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Newport Beach, boaters can join in the following events: the Las Commodoras Leukemia Cup Electric Boat Poker Run May 11, the Leukemia Cup Junior Family Bingo Night May 18, the Leukemia Cup Junior Cup Regatta May 19-20, the Big Boat Leukemia Cup Regatta May 20 and the Leukemia Cup Dinner and Auction June 16.
At Dana West Yacht Club in Dana Point, boaters can participate in the Leukemia Cup PHRF and Cruising Class Race, June 1-3. On June 2, boaters can participate in the Leukemia Cup Juniors Regatta, a Poker Run, a Dinghy Poker Run, silent and live auctions, and a dinner and trophy presentation.
In San Diego, Cortez Racing Association will host the San Diego Leukemia Cup Regatta for PHRF boats on the bay, June 9. Later in the summer — August 18-19 — Mission Bay Yacht Club will host the One-Design Leukemia Cup Regatta.
The Leukemia Lymphoma Society has provided more than $750 million in research grants since its founding. As a result of these efforts, 19 of the 39 drugs approved by the FDA over the last decade started out as LLS-funded research projects. Of those 19 drugs, five have gone on to be approved for the treatment of other cancers including Gleevec, which has been described as the “magic bullet” of cancer drugs.
For more information, including details on local events, visit leukemiacup.org.