Last Saturday, we set sail with some of the most caring and compassionate sailors in our nation’s capitol at the 20th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, chaired by Gary Jobson since 1994. The event commenced with a warm greeting from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Marketing Campaign Specialist Stacey Matusko who led us to a special spectator cruise on the Potomac Belle.
The Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, VA was buzzing with excitement, and we could not have had more perfect weather – blue skies for days. On the cruise, we had the pleasure of speaking with veteran fundraiser Deb Butel of Team Pixie Dust. This was her fifth year participating, and she has raised almost $10,000 this year for LLS in honor of her good friend who recently passed away from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We also spoke with Ella Gorodetski and her 9-year-old daughter, Avi Gorodetski, of Team Infinity, led by her husband, David Gorodetski (co-Founder and COO of SAGE Communications). The Gorodetski’s became involved with The Regatta after Avi participated in the Jr. Regatta this year, and they are all looking forward to next year! Just before leaving the event, we were given a lavishly decorated and bejeweled flag by little skippers from the Jr. Regatta; a treasure we will proudly display at Ask Miss A.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) National Capital Area is making significant strides in funding research toward cures for blood cancers in order to help improve the lives of both patients and their families. In 2013, the National Capital Area chapter raised nearly $13.2 million and dedicated this year’s regatta to honorary skippers, Reagan Sims and Ali Trotta, who were both diagnosed with blood cancer (chronic myeloid leukemia and acute lymphocytic leukemia, respectively). They were honored for their personal bravery and enthusiastic support of LLS.
LLS also hosted a Jr. Regatta in August, which raised over $5,000 and allowed Skipper Ali to create the artwork used on this year’s regatta t-shirts (pictured on Avi Gorodetski). If you are interested in supporting the LLS National Capital Area chapter, then visit their website for upcoming events. Their next event, Light The Night will take place in Washington, D.C. on October 19.