Here's my (now) annual Leukemia Cup Regatta fundraising letter. This regatta is one of many sailing races held each year by the Leukemia Society to raise money for research. Unfortunately, I do not have everyone's physical address, so I will post the letter I sent out, so all of you blog members can be included. Feel free to send me your address, as I might actually send out Holiday cards this year and would love to include everyone in the mailing. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the letter:
Dearest Family and Friends,
So, I know you’re all thinking, “It’s fall. Isn’t it time for the Leukemia Cup Regatta again?” Right you are.
As a quick recap from last year’s regatta: Although we had a boat committed to race under the Team Galloway colors (thanks to friends at Gary’s work), forces of nature conspired against us when Hurricane Ivan rolled in and the race was postponed to another weekend. When the new date arrived in early October, not enough of the privately held sailboats could then participate, so our section of the regatta was canceled. Confused? Me too. But the best part was that although Team Galloway did not physically sail, we were still the top individual fundraisers for the event, ringing in at just under $2500.
Spurred on by that great success (thanks to everyone’s unbelievable generosity and my desire to control the universe), I volunteered to be on the Regatta Committee for this year’s race. The Regatta is Saturday, October 22nd racing from the mouth of the Magothy River and finishing at Tide Point in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. We have many more boats entered this year and hope to make it an even bigger success then 2004.
Please consider helping out the Leukemia Society again this year. The money we are raising is going directly towards research to help find a cure for this disease that has now touched all of our lives through Gary’s heroic battle.
Some good news about the search for a cure: The relative five-year survival rate has more than tripled in the past 45 years for patients with leukemia. In 1960-63, when compared to a person without leukemia, a patient had a 14 percent chance of living five years. By 1970-73, the five year relative survival rate had jumped to 22 percent, and in 1995-2001 the overall relative survival rate was 48 percent.
Checks can be made payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and sent to my address above. I hope, with your help, Team Galloway will retain its title as the top fundraiser for this worthy event. (You know how competitive we get…) Also, there is an Post-Sail shindig on the promenade in front of the Rusty Scupper on that Saturday night if anyone would like to attend with me. Just give me a call or an email and I will give you all the details.
The kids are great. I am well. And we break ground on the new house this week. (11531 Franklinville Rd, Upper Falls, Maryland. Come visit us in about 8-10 months.)
All our love,
Marcy, Patrick, and Libby Galloway