Gary Jobson - "Sailing is the Icing of Life!"
Gary Jobson explains how
lessons he learned while
sailing helped in his fight
Photo by Amy Thurman
The 2011 St. Joseph's/Candler Leukemia Cup Kick Off Party, was held at Savannah Yacht Club (SYC) on Wednesday, May 18th. Gary Jobson, world-class sailor, commentator, author, cancer advocate and survivor, and National Chairman of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Leukemia Cup Regatta shared his story and signed copies of his books.
Photo provided by St. Joseph's Candler
Savannah's St. Joseph's/Candler
Leukemia Cup is the second most
successful in the country having
raised $3.2 million to date. Each year,
St. Joseph's/Candler chooses a child
recipient as its honored patient. This
year Madison, age 5, will take center
stage. As stated on the Leukemia Cup
website, "Honored Heroes are special
volunteers for our Weekend of Events.
Those diagnosed with a blood cancer
are survivors from the day of diagnosis
forward. Survivors are heroes. It is our
privilege to know and celebrate our
Honored Hero, Madison."
Jobson averages 15 events like this annually and has made over 2,000
appearances in his career. He's written 17 books, including his newest, An American Sailing Story, a memoir. Jobson states, "I don't go half way with anything."
It has been noted on numerous occasions that one of Jobson's areas of expertise is the dying art form of story telling. The audience who attended the kick off would undoubtedly attest to the truth of his craft. As soon as Jobson spoke, his enthusiastic speaking approach not only elicited laughter but also engaged the group as he shared his captivating life experiences and the message that living should be fought for, especially when faced with a life threatening disease.
"Sailing is the icing of life!" he stated. "It's a sport
that connects generations."
Jobson shared several
lessons he learned from
sailing and how those
lessons have shaped his
approach to his own diagnosis
Lymphoma. In conclusion
he said, "30
now, when you're sailing
with a team of 20-year-
olds, you will benefit from this event."
When asked how he came to choose this group of cancers, Jobson stated, "By chance." In 1993, LLS approached him and asked him to chair
The Leukemia Cup Regatta. He said he'd give them three years. Since then, Jobson
has helped raise over $40 million dollars for the cause. In Savannah alone the Leukemia Cup Regatta has raised $3.2 million dollars to date with a $300,000 goal for the 2011 Cup.
"The greatest gift of life
is to give back and help
someone else. And when
you help someone else
out, it just may be you who
needs it in the end."
~Gary Jobson; Sailor,
2011 St. Joseph's/Candler Leukemia Cup Sailing Committee pictured with Gary Jobson.Back
Row L-R: Olin and Sharon McIntosh, Henry Morgan, Ruthie Seese, Schley Knight, 2011 National
Chairman Gary Jobson, 2011 Weekend of Events Chairman Hunter Saussy. Front Row
L-R: Dana Whitfield, Colleen Bremer, 2011 Sailing Chairman Billy Bremer, Christine Compton.
Not pictured: Louisa Hightower, Steve McCarthy
Photo by Amy Thurman
The 2011 LEUKEMIA CUP REGATTA
Schedule of Events - Get involved!
September 3, 8 a.m. Run for Jane - 5K Run/Walk - Fort Pulaski
September 19, 1 p.m. Leukemia Cup Golf Invitational - Savannah Golf Club
September 23, 6 pm - Spirit of the Sea Black-Tie Dinner and Auction - SYC
Leukemia Cup Tennis Classic (warm-ups at 8:30 a.m.)
St. Joseph's/Candler Leukemia Cup Regatta (registration at 9 a.m.)
Leukemia Cup In-Shore Fishing Tournament and Junior Fishing Tournament
(fish Friday or Saturday, weigh in at 4:30 p.m.)
For more information:
Or contact Dana Whitfield at email@example.com (912) 352-4334