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Fight leukemia by sailing Lake Pepin

Go Sailing for Leukemia fundraiser Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30.

Lake City Yacht Club will sponsor its annual Go Sailing for Leukemia fundraiser Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, Last year's event raised more than $15,000, with 100 of the proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America.

In 1997, the club was looking for a way to give something back to the community. The club also wanted to support one of its members who died of leukemia that year. This fundraiser was seen as a way to do both.

Club members invite the public to "sail beautiful Lake Pepin and save lives."

Blood cancer fast facts include:

• More than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with or are in remission from a blood cancer.

• Since the early 1960s, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled.

• In 1964, the five-year survival rate for children with the most commonly diagnosed leukemia was 3 percent. Today it is 90 percent

The Lake City event continues to grow. Organizers said more 500 participants and 100 volunteers participated in 2016.

Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, club members will offer sailboat rides to the public from the Lake City Marina. The suggested donation is $20 for adults and $15 for children. However, donations in any amount will be accepted. Rides will last approximately 90 minutes.

People may preregister online at www.lakecityyachtclub.com or by phone at 651-345-4211. Preregistration is not required but is strongly encouraged to save a spot on a boat.

On the day of the event, people may register by calling the Lake City Marina at 651-345-4211 or by stopping at the Marina.

If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation to this cause, you may do so by mailing a check to the Lake City Yacht Club, 201 S Franklin St, Lake City MN. Checks should be made payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America.

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