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Summer's End Means The Leukemia Cup Regatta Is Here

Join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the 18th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Capital Area Chapter is calling all local sailors and power boaters to join in the fight against blood cancers by participating in the Leukemia Cup fundraising events. The 2011 series includes the Junior Leukemia Cup Regatta, Power Boater Poker Run, and the signature event, The Leukemia Cup Regatta. The 2010 series raised more than $160,000 to support LLS's mission: to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin?s disease and myeloma and improve the lives of patients and their families.

Sailors and power boaters are racing for the events' honorary skippers - Shannon Kelso and Hannah McNeal. Shannon was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma in September, 2010. She completed six rounds of chemotherapy at Georgetown University Hospital Center in January, 2011. The Arlington resident completed work on her Masters at George Mason University while undergoing treatment. Hannah McNeal was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in October of 2005. Then four years old, Hannah never complained about treatment and even looked forward to seeing the nurses. Hannah completed treatment in December, 2007 and has been cancer free ever since.

The Leukemia Cup Series includes events like:

The Junior Leukemia Cup Regatta on Saturday, August 20 at 9:00 am. Now in its fourth year, the Junior Leukemia Cup Regatta invites summer sailing school participants from the Washington Sailing Marina to sail for a cure and fundraise for those affected with blood cancer.

The Power Boat Poker Run on Saturday, August 27 at 12:00 p.m. Participants roam the Potomac River collecting playing cards at several spots for their hand, which they turn in at the end of the day. A barbeque and award ceremony concludes the event; prizes will be distributed to the top three poker hands and top fundraisers.

The 18th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta on Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 am. Races will be held throughout the afternoon. Spectator boats will be available to the public for a closer view of the races for $10 per person. Additionally, guests may purchase tickets for the post-race celebration, also $10 per person.

To register for the events or for more information, contact Kaitlin McTighe, Campaign Manager, at (703) 399-2930, or visit

Media are invited to enjoy the day?s events on the VIP media boat on Saturday, September 10. Media interested in covering the Regatta should contact Lisa Pagano at (703) 399-2905 or

last updated on Thursday, September 08, 2011