Leukemia Cups, Ocean Health and Collective Outrage

22 Sep

By Kimball Livingston Posted September 22, 2014

I’m a fan of Wendy Schmidt. She and her husband, Eric, have made a significant investment in oceans conservation.

I’m a fan of the Leukemia Cup. All across the country, these regattas raise research funds that change the game.

And I’m a fan of The San Francisco Yacht Club’s Leukemia Cup, because, it’s my local.

What I got out of the 2014 edition was a real nice boat ride and, at dinner the night before, a bit of time to listen to someone—Wendy Schmidt—singing my song about oceans conservation through what the Schmidt Family Foundation calls “restorative operating systems.”

Bring it on. How could I resist anyone who would declare, “When I discovered sailing, I found my tribe.”

Photo by Ellen Hoke

Here is Wendy Schmidt with Honorary Skipper Rhett Krawitt, who probably will be with us for a long, long time, but still faces treatments (“treaments,” honestly, you don’t want the details) to “get the bad guys out.”

Blood cancer research has moved the ball. Three decades ago, an acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosis like Rhett’s meant that a kid would probably be dead in six weeks or so, kids who would now be adults in the prime of life. Today there is a good prospect for a normal life, after they get the bad guys out. Without research, and the donations that fund the research, we wouldn’t have Rhett in this picture.

BTW, your local blood center gratefully gratefully gratefully accepts platelet donations from qualified donors. Platelets are the cells within blood that bind together when they recognize damaged blood vessels. Basically, they support clotting. But blood cancers cut the platelet count, and cancer therapies deplete the count further.

Platelet donations are not fun.

Platelet donations take time.

Platelets are extracted and the rest of your blood returned to you.

Platelet donations keep people alive.

The equation is simple, much simpler than what the Schmidts achieved by offering a prize, after the Gulf oil spill, for a faster clean-up method, and achieved 4X. Now, among projects ongoing, there is a challenge to create better methods, and faster methods, to measure the sleeping terror, ocean acidification. “As sailors,” Schmidt said, “we know the sea in ways that others cannot. We can and we must become active voices. The forces that are now killing the ocean began innocently, but we know too much now to continue as we are. It’s time to share some collective outrage.”

So, tell us how you really feel.

For anyone who missed it, Eric Schmidt is the Chairman of Google. You may have heard of Google. It’s an internet services company with headquarters in Mountain View, California. Google stock is performing well.


I grabbed a camera to snap a few quick shots. We crossed tracks with Zhenya Kirueshken-Stepanoff’s Insolent Minx . . .


We traveled in company with Stan Hales’ Chance . . .


We could see the sunshine yonder in Marin . . .


We waved a thank you to the Race Committee aboard Victory . . .


We sailed through a passle of Optis on our way to the dock at The San Francisco Yacht Club . . .


And met the Optis again as they ended their day. Kate II, at the end of the dock, built quite a reputation in the Pacific Northwest before finding her way to San Francisco Bay . . .


Future senator?


The tent that had been bright and lush for dinner the night before would do for Sunday’s awards, but first the action was outside, in the sunshine . . .


Some things are just pretty . . .


The results of the fundraising matter much more than the results of the racing, which you can find here. And this continues to be the top fundraiser among Leukemia Cup Regattas nationwide.

My problem is, how can I get my ducks in a row when there aren’t any ducks?


This article was syndicated from BLUE PLANET TIMES


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