Leukemia Cup Regatta raises more than $145,000 to fund blood cancer research

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley (CTWHV) Chapter and American Yacht Club (AYC) set a first-year record by hosting the first annual Leukemia Cup Regatta in conjunction with the Fall Series race on September 24, 2016. More than 120 boats and 200 participants helped raise more than $145,000 to fund blood cancer research, breaking the LLS record of a first-year event.

The event concluded with a post-race party of over 200 guests, also hosted by AYC. The evening included live music from Bad Dogs and The Chad Hollister band, along with a silent and live auction emceed by Leif Skodnick, Sports Editor for LoHud. The top three Regatta fundraisers were also recognized on that evening. This year, participants collectively fundraised more than $54,000 prior to the event.

Congratulations to the top fundraisers. In third place, raising $11,000 for this year’s event were Lauretta & Gwenn Abbott of Team Quee Queg. The Abbott family has raised nearly $36,000 for The Leukemia Cup Regatta with their prior involvement at Larchmont Yacht Club. In second place, raising nearly $19,000, was Jim Wilson, AYC committee co-chair, and captain of Team Oleander who fundraises in honor of his wife, Judy, a chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) survivor. Our first place winner, raising over $30,000 was Judy Wilson of Team Gleevec, AYC committee co-chair, CML survivor and Honored Skipper for this year’s event. Collectively, the Wilson family has contributed over $86,000 towards the CTWHV’s Leukemia Cup Regatta events throughout the years.

The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a 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 $58 million to help advance the LLS mission since the inception of the Leukemia Cup Regatta. “It means so much to me that these sailors are out there raising money and awareness to give help and hope to people like me” said Judy Wilson. “And they get to do something they enjoy while they’re making a difference in the lives of others.”

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

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Top fundraiser, Team Gleevec features Molly Wilson, Hope Wilson, Judy Wilson, Dennis Chillemi, Luisa Cardona.

Top fundraiser, Team Gleevec features Molly Wilson, Hope Wilson, Judy Wilson, Dennis Chillemi, Luisa Cardona.

Sailboats on the water — Photo by Todd Gianguzzi.

Sailboats on the water — Photo by Todd Gianguzzi.

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