Patient Honorees

Honored Mate and Skipper's Stories

Participants in the 19th Annual Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta sail in honor of local patients whose bravery in fighting blood cancer provides inspiration and motivation. If you would like to be an Honored Mate or Skipper, please contact Morgan Culbertson at



Jack is 8 years old and is in 1st grade at Gayton Elementary. He has a twin sister Elle and a 5 year old brother Landon. Jack's story with Lymphoma started around February 10th. He has always been a healthy and active boy who loves school and sports. Jack developed symptoms of a stomach virus or sinus infection that dragged on for about 2-1/2 weeks. It was an unusual illness in that he would get sick every night during the early morning hours and then improve during the day, but he was very fatigued. On Tuesday, March 1st, Jack's pediatrician called with his blood work results and told Jack's parents to take him to the ER at MCV immediately. His parents were told that he had less than 1% kidney function when they arrived. After several hours in the ER, Jack was transferred to the PICU and put on dialysis.

Over the next several days, Jack's family was told that his kidney cells did not look right and could be malignant. After another day, firm results were back that confirmed Jack had cancer. As of March 11, 2016 Jack began consolidation. It is a good feeling knowing that the battle ahead is to make sure the Lymphoma does not ever come back.

The hardest part of this experience for Jack is the complete change in his life. He's a strong boy and has really impressed his family in how he has handled all of this. His family has hope in the progress that has been made in recent years and all of the continuing research to cure Lymphoma and other cancers.


Emmett Toney

After visiting the doctor in July of 2011 for routine blood work, I received a call requesting that I come back in for a follow-up visit due to an elevated white blood count. After multiple blood tests, CT scans, and a Bone Marrow Biopsy I was told that I had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). I am currently being monitored by a CLL specialist at Ohio State University and a specialist at the Medical College of Virginia. I made the decision to do what I could to help other blood cancer patients through the Leukemia Cup Regatta.

Each day I am thankful to my wife and daughter for providing the support and love I need to go forward each day. When I was first diagnosed, fear is the only emotion that I had for a very long time, and one day that emotion changed to "Hope." Hope is more powerful than fear and my family, LLS, and doctors have provided that hope for me.

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