6th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta to Set Sail for a Cure Sept. 18, 19 & 20
White Bear Lake Event to Honor
Sailor Bud Markhart and Twelve-year-old Jake McLean

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Leukemia Cup Regatta is a fundraising event that gives sailors an opportunity to give back to the community while doing something they love - sailing. Funds raised go to support leading- edge cancer research and provide critical services to patients and their families. Throughout the country, LLS Regattas have raised more than $26 million to support our mission.

Bud Markhart

The Minnesota Leukemia Cup Regatta - Minnesota's most successful charitable sailing event - has been held since 2004 each September on White Bear Lake. Docked at White Bear Boat Works, it is co-hosted by Black Bear Yacht Racing Association and White Bear Yacht Club. Since 2004, Minnesota sailors have raised over $345,000 in honor of patients like Bud Markhart and Jake McLean.

2009 Honorary Skipper & Crew - Bud Markhart & Jake McLean

The LLS mission is personified by its patients, who represent the daily and lifelong challenges that a blood cancer diagnosis brings to them and their families. In 2009, Minnesota sailors will raise funds in honor of Bud Markhart of White Bear Lake and Jake McLean of Stillwater.

Bud, a professor of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a blood cancer, and melanoma, a skin cancer in July of 2008. Bud is a White Bear Lake sailor who is looking forward to participating in this year's Regatta. He would also like to give sailors some advice: "Have fun sailing and always wear sunscreen."

Jacob McLean was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in February 2002. Following his diagnosis, fiveyear- old Jake endured spinal taps, daily chemotherapy, and horrible side effects caused by medication. His mother, Karen, says, "Through it all, Jake maintained a positive attitude. He has had an incredible amount of courage, strength, and faith." Today, Jake is in remission and will celebrate his 13th birthday on August 8.

The Need is Critical
Every four minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma; every 10 minutes, someone dies. This means that in 2009, an estimated 139,860 Americans will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. 53,240 of those diagnosed will lose their battle to a blood cancer. By participating in The Leukemia Cup Regatta, you will affirm your commitment to supporting the many Minnesotans living with blood cancers, and ensure the continuation of research vital to the eradication of blood cancer for the future!

Jake McLean

The Leukemia Cup Regatta Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 18 - The festivities will start with a cocktail reception that will feature complimentary Mount Gay Rum drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided by Rudy's Redeye Grill.

Saturday, Sept. 19 - Participants will enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch, as well as three action-packed races on beautiful White Bear Lake. After the races there will be cocktails, a silent auction, and dinner provided by Olive Garden.

Sunday, Sept. 20 - Sunday will begin with a complimentary breakfast followed by the final two races of the Regatta. The day will conclude with participants enjoying lunch while the LLS hosts a raffle drawing and presents sailing and fundraising awards.

Participate in This Year's Regatta!

Would you like to register to sail and fundraise? Sponsor an event? Volunteer for Regatta weekend? Donate an auction item? We would love to talk with you! For more information about the Regatta and LLS, please contact Jared Nielsen at (763) 852-3004 or visit our website at www.leukemiacup.org/mn.