Learn to Sail and Help Fight Cancer with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Newest Fundraising Program

If learning how to sail is something you have always wanted to do, but never thought possible, think again. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s newest fundraising program, Sail For a Cure, will have you sailing the Bay while raising vital funds for blood cancer research and patient services.

San Francisco, CA, May 17, 2010 --(PR.com)-- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in partnership with Club Nautique Sailing School, offers this unique program to both beginning sailors and those new to the sport of sailing. In a safe and supportive environment, Sail For a Cure participants will learn sailing techniques and terminology, spend quality time on the water with fun, like-minded people and pursue the exciting goal of participating in the prestigious Leukemia Cup Regatta on October 2-3, 2010. Participants will also receive fundraising support in the form of an online fundraising webpage, sample letters and emails and a mentor to help keep them on track. Honored Skippers, or blood cancer survivors, provide a source of inspiration and connection to the cause.

"We are thrilled to partner with Club Nautique and offer this special fundraising and sailing training program to would-be sailors," said Jennifer Fagerstrom, Executive Director for the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. "And it’s comprehensive. At the end of the program, participants can test for their sailing certification, participate in the top charity regatta in the nation and help in the fight against cancer. Their fundraising efforts will support less toxic and more targeted therapies and help patients live longer, better lives."

Sail For a Cure participants are also invited to the VIP Regatta Dinner on October 2nd with guest speaker Russell Coutts. Coutts is one of the world’s most successful sailors, with (amongst others) four victories in the America’s Cup and one Olympic gold medal.

How to Participate
Individuals interested in Sail For a Cure can attend an Info Meeting to learn more about the program and get their questions answered by the instructors, Sail For a Cure alumni and LLS Staff. Meetings start May 19, 2010 and continue through June (see below for a complete list). To RSVP to a meeting, visit www.leukemiacup.org/sf or contact Erin Lutsko at Erin.Lutsko@LLS.org or 415.625.1125.

Sail For a Cure Info Meetings
-Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m., West Marine:2200 Livingston St., Oakland
-Wednesday, May 26, 6:30 p.m., West Marine: 295 Harbor Dr., Sausalito
-Tuesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m., West Marine: 608 Dubuque Ave., South San Francisco
-Thursday, June 3, 6:30 p.m., West Marine: 730 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda
-Wednesday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. LLS Office: 221 Main St. Suite 1650, San Francisco

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Megan Kilkenny
Erin Lutsko, Manager, Sail For a Cure, Erin.Lutsko@LLS.org, 415.625.1125