March 3 (New Orleans) – Christopher Stuckey, a UNO undergrad and local kiteboarding instructor, is participating in the 2009 Leukemia Cup Regatta, a national sailing race held annually at yacht clubs throughout the country to raise money to fight blood cancer. Sponsored by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), the New Orleans chapter holds its events each year the weekends of March 21 – 22 and 28 – 29.
As a participant, Stuckey will not be taking part as a sailor in the traditional sense. A semi-pro kiteboarder, Stuckey plans to cross Lake Pontchartrain, which spans approximately 24 miles from north to south, in an effort to raise $10,000 for the LLS.
Stuckey’s inspiration to participate in the Leukemia Cup Regatta came from his father, Terry Stuckey, who died at the age of 43 two years after being diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in the fall of 1995.
“I consider my family to be, in the truest sense, victims of leukemia,” says Stuckey. “When I first heard about the Leukemia Cup Regatta, I instantaneously felt compelled and motivated to get involved with this fundraising effort. Water and wind is something that I’m very much familiar with, however, the problem is that I’m not much of a sailor. By kiteboarding, I hope to bring additional attention to the Regatta’s cause by doing something unique and dynamic.”
Stuckey has launched a website (link posted below) allowing members of the community to track the progress of his financial goal. The site allows visitors to make a direct deposit and also provides mailing information for those who wish to make a contribution.
Regularly updated, the website will announce the date of the event once it has been decided. Forceful winds are necessary for kiteboarding, and monitoring the weather to ensure a favorable forecast makes it necessary to schedule the event just days in advance.
“I must tell you that I am truly impressed with Chris and his dedication to this very important cause,” remarked Loree LeBoeuf, LLS Campaign Manager. “My youngest daughter, age 6, is a two-time leukemia survivor, and I believe that she is here today, not only by the grace of God, but also through the strides made by research funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.”
Contact Chris at: email@example.com
For more information, visit the 2009 Lake Pontchartrain Kiteboarder Crossing website by clicking here
For video updates regarding the 2009 Lake Pontchartrain Kiteboarder Crossing click here
About The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. LLS's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting blood cancers.
Local Sponsors of the Leukemia Cup Regatta include Ellsworth Corporation, Peoples Health, Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, State Investors Bank, Gustaf, Westfeldt, McIlhenny Family Foundation, in support of Lynn McIlhenny Meyers, CommCare Corporation, Delta Title Corporation, Gray & Company, Inc. New Orleans Magazine, Vista de la Luz, Offset Printing Co., The Yeomans Agency, Pontchartrain Yacht Club, Southern Yacht Club and New Orleans Yacht Club.
National Sponsors of the Leukemia Cup Regatta include West Marine, Mount Gay Rum, John Mecray Limited Editions, North Sails, Sailing World, Jobson Sailing, Inc. and Ken Gardiner Model Maker.
For more information, visit: www.lls.org