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.
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
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
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!
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
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