Macatawa Leukemia Cup/VX One Great Lakes Championship/Commodores Cup

Macatawa Leukemia Cup/VX One Great Lakes Championship/Commodores Cup

2157 South Shore Drive, Macatawa, MI, 49434
Event Dates
Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 11:00amAdd to Calendar 2019-06-22 11:00:00 2019-06-22 11:00:00 Title Description Location Regatta Michigan UTC public

About this event

The Michigan Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is proud to announce a series of races for the 2019 Macatawa Bay Leukemia Cup Regatta®, setting sail to raise funds to support blood cancer research and patient services.  

Your support is the key to helping LLS achieve its mission of creating a world without blood cancers. You can support our cause by:

  • Making a donation to a participant, a team, or this event. To search for a participant or team, click here.
  • Participating in the event.  Register to sail.
  • Come out & party!  You don’t have to be an on-water sports participant to raise funds or attend the social functions that are part of the Leukemia Cup Regatta series!

Our community will raise funds essential to research and supporting patients and families struggling with a blood cancer diagnosis through a series of events on Lake Michigan this June. This year’s race will be the second consecutive event hosted by Macatawa Bay Yacht Club.

Throughout Michigan, more than $1.5 million has been raised to date, funding lifesaving cancer research.  

The Leukemia Cup Regatta is held in conjunction with the MBYC Commodore’s Cup.  We’ll be kicking off the 2019 Leukemia Cup at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in April.  In addition to the races, there are other exciting events that support the Macatawa Bay Leukemia Cup Regatta: 

  • April 25, 2019:Kickoff Celebration @ Macatawa Bay Yacht Club 
  • June 6, 2019: America’s Cup Team Presentation @ Macatawa Bay Yacht Club 
  • June 22, 2019: Fundraising Fete @ Macatawa Bay Yacht Club - click here to purchase tickets!

Bill%20Pringle%202edit.jpgThis year's Leukemia Cup Regatta events are held in recognition of our honorary skipper Billy Pringle (right).

I had been sick for a while, but I never expected cancer, though I’m not sure anybody does. I thought I had a bad cold that kept coming back. I thought the itching was scabies, or bedbugs, or an allergic reaction. I thought the bulge in my collarbone was a muscle knot and the night sweats were the result of anxiety. Needless to say, this wasn’t the case – I was diagnosed with large diffuse B-cell lymphoma.

My lymphoma created a mass in my chest, which made it difficult to breathe.  I would come to find out that the mass was diverting fluid into my lungs and the space around my heart. I had to enter surgery as soon as possible, and shortly after I began chemo. It was an aggressive regimen, but so was the cancer. After my 3rd treatment, I felt like Superman - the chemo had eradicated the mass inside me. I am currently in remission. From here on, it’s regular check-ups for me until I pass that five-year mark when I can call myself “cured.” 

Without the research and treatments that LLS has funded and made possible, I wouldn’t be here today.  Cancer is a tough opponent to beat, but I believe in LLS’s mission - beating cancer is in our blood. That’s why I’m part of the Leukemia Cup Regatta, and that’s why you should be, too.

    For further information, please contact Anne Bradley, Office 248.581.3884, Cell 810.923.4659, anne.bradley@lls.org.  For help making a donation, call 888-557-7177, or email SupportServices@LLS.org. On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you!

    Find a Participant

    You can donate to a The Leukemia Cup Regatta participant when their campaign has officially kicked off. Just search for the name of the participant and then click to make a donation.

    Top Fundraisers

    Rank Name Raised
    1 William Pringle 75

    Top Fundraising Teams

    Rank Name Raised
    1 Team Pringle 75

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