Racing for a reason

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Imagine growing up your whole life and only having pictures and a few vague memories of your loving Mother.

"My mother died of leukemia when I was three years old," Ken Yeomans said.

So Yeomans has wished for a cure his whole life. He is honored to be a part of the first Leukemia Cup Regatta on the Mississippi Coast. It is a race for a reason.

About 60 boats will set sail this weekend from the Pass Christian Yacht Club for the Leukemia Cup Regatta.

While they hope for a lot of wind to push them across the finish line first, they are really hoping for something much more meaningful, funding for research and a cure.

David Taylor is Pass Christian's Yacht Club Commodore. He is also an avid sailor. This race he says is extra special since all of the money raised will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Mississippi and Louisiana.

Taylor said, "They do one at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans every year, and they raise over $100,000 dollars."

They asked Pass Christian Yacht Club to host a race, too and challenged them to raise even more money for Leukemia research.

Taylor said, "And we have accepted that and we have set a goal of raising 2000-thousand, so we're trying to top them."

The public is invited to view the 2 day sailboat races that depending on the wind should be an exciting and quite beautiful sight to behold.

Taylor said, "It's just exciting 'cause you're racing along, and there's no motors running. It's just you and the sounds of the wind, and you're adjusting your sails to make it go as fast as you can."

A fast cure for Leukemia is what everyone involved is hoping for. They all understand, we never know who will be affected by this disease. It could be a loved one you never get to know or someone you hope will beat it.

Yeomans got some pretty bad news while helping organize the event.

"Wednesday in a meeting here, I got a call from my office. One of my staff was diagnosed Wednesday with Leukemia, so this is personal," Yeomans said. "It's very personal."

Races are all day Saturday and Sunday with a big fundraiser party at the Yacht Club Saturday night. You can watch from the shore near the Yacht Club or Harbor.

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