The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.  We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.  Learn more HERE!

2017 Honored Skippers


 2017 Honoree - Doug Hicks  

Doug Hicks was a staple of the Elliott Bay Marina community. He once worked as the marina's night manager, harbormaster, and fuel dock manager, as well as being an avid sailor all the while. He was a man described as being contagiously friendly, but also as a wise and stern mentor, and was beloved in the sailing family of Seattle. Tragically, he was diagnosed with leukemia in Spring of 2014, and had to endure an incredibly rough start with his treatment. Despite suffering a heart attack after his first round of chemotherapy, followed by severe edema and pneumonia thereafter, Doug's resilience showed through in his strong spirit.

When nurses would ask Doug if he was feeling any pain on a given day, he would joke around and say, "Yes! I'm a 70-year-old man. I have old man pains," always looking to ease the situation.  According to his sister, Maurene, "when the time came to stop treatment he did so with humor and grace. Doug said that no matter what happened,  he had had a good life and had been able to get more out of it than most 3 people combined.  And he was right." Doug lost his battle with his aggressive disease in October of 2015, but has undoubtedly left a significant impact on generations of sailors and loved ones.


 2017 Honoree - Gary Wood

A Seattleite and sailor through and through, Gary Wood was born in the Emerald city and raised on the water. He was a sailor, traveler, fisherman, great friend, entrepreneur, and most of all, a loving husband to his wife Kerri. Gary was a long time member of the Seattle Yacht Club, and aimed to spend his days sailing, racing and cruising out on the open waters. In 1978, he took part in the Victoria to Maui race and held the first to finish record for 20 long years. Soon after they were married, Gary and Kerri bought a 38 foot boat together, Always Ready, that was delivered in Northern France. They took to the world and sailed from France to Denmark, and all around the Mediterranean for a stunning three-year honeymoon filled with adventure and lust for life.


Throughout his life Gary cultivated a wonderful circle of friends who surrounded him throughout an unexpected journey that came to a front in 2008. It was then that Gary was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, CLL. He endured a round of chemo in June of 2008 that put him into temporary remission, only to have his disease spring back. In May of 2011, he received his second round of chemo, and a bone marrow transplant about a year later. Despite his diagnosis, Gary was an intense optimist who lived a full life and met his battle and treatment with courage.  Tragically, in September 2012, Gary lost this fight against blood cancer, but it is clear his strong spirit lives on in those who he left behind.

Dedication Signs

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Dedication signs are a great way to honor and remember those whom we raise our sails for at the Leukemia Cup Regatta.  The signs will be placed at the event and will be visible to all participants.  We can make a sign for you or your loved one at no cost to you. 

*Please remember we re-use these signs each year, so we ask that you not take them from the event.  To request a new or updated sign for the event,
click here to request one!  This year's deadline is Friday, May 19, 2017, so please complete the form by then to ensure your sign will be at this year's event.



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