2007 Leukemia Cup T-Shirt Features Art
by Local Lymphoma Survivor
Regatta weekend - Sept. 14-16 - on White Bear Lake is a celebration by
and non-sailors, alike, who are raising funds and awareness for
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Craig Witthaus, of White Bear Lake, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins
lymphoma November, 2000. His wife, Peggy, recalls that the bleak news hit
her hard, “It was unexpected and frightening. I realized then that fear can
be truly cold.” What ultimately banished that fear was Craig’s fighting,
resolute attitude- all throughout the initial surgery, the subsequent
intensive chemotherapy and painful radiation. Peggy says, “He was a role
model for how to meet and beat a monumental challenge.” Craig says, “As of
May 2006, I was given the very best news from Dr. Peterson of University of
Minnesota Hospitals - I am now a completely cured cancer-patient! ...If it
can happen to me in 2006, we can help complete recoveries happen to others
more often, and more easily, as we move into the future.” According to the
latest statistics from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Non-Hodgkins
lymphoma is the sixth most common cancer in the U.S., and the five-year
relative survival rate for the NHL patients rose from 48 percent in the 1975
to 63 percent in 2002.
|This year’s painting used on the L-Cup 2007 t-shirt
features a more active view than last year.
Witthaus was 2004 L-Cup Patient Honoree
The Witthauses first became active volunteers for the Society in 2004, when
the first annual Minnesota L-Cup Regatta was being planned for White Bear
Lake. It was a natural fit since both are avid sailors - members of the
Black Bear Yacht Racing Association and the White Bear Yacht Club. Craig, in
fact, was the 2004 Patient Honoree for the L-Cup, representative of the many
patients who have benefited from the Society’s programs. Along with fellow
BBYRA and WBYC members, the Witthauses remain committed to ‘growing’ the
local fundraiser. This 2nd year’s ‘special edition’ t-shirt will feature
Craig’s art, and all proceeds will benefit the Society. The 2007 Patient
Honoree is Riley Chase of St. Paul, MN. Craig, a human resources consultant
and a college professor in the business school at Concordia University,
says, “Painting is presently a sideline for me. Although, I was artistic at
a young age and serious about it through high school and the first years of
college. The past six years, I’ve re-immersed myself in oil painting, and I
also use watercolors. Occasionally, I work on sculptural pieces.”
|Craig Witthaus, 2004 Patient Honoree, standing next to
his new painting used on the L-Cup 2007 t-shirt.
|Craig’s painting used on the L-Cup 2006 t-shirt struck a
more tranquil chord with sailors.
2007 Patient Honoree
Meet Riley Chase of St. Paul
(Letter written by Kari Chase, Riley’s mother)
Riley was diagnosed in February 2000; he was 2 1/2 years old. We are
eternally grateful to St. Paul Early Childhood Family Education. We were
attending a class there, and each teacher commented on Riley’s yellow
color. Brian, Riley’s father, and I did not think much of it. After all,
we do live in Minnesota, and everyone looks different in February ...
right? They called us the next day and recommended that we have his
blood tested, thinking he was anemic. To our frightening surprise, not
only was he anemic, but he was diagnosed with leukemia. On that day, his
hemoglobin was 3.8 -- a healthy person ranges between 12 and 15.
We consider ourselves blessed by these kind angels sending us for
medical attention. Within days, a port was placed in Riley’s little
chest, and he began his fight against cancer. We are so proud of him and
all that he has already championed in his life. He can say, with great
pride, “I am a cancer survivor.” As his mother, hearing those words from
my nine-year-olds mouth brings tears of joy to me each time he makes
that statement. We are honored to be selected as a family to work with
the Leukemia Cup Regatta.
Plan to attend the L-Cup Regatta, September 14-16, White Bear Lake, MN.
Visit www.leukemiacup.org/mn for more information. See ad on pg 6.
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