West Marine raises more than $100,000 for cancer

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West Marine has raised more than $108,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) during its September 2018 in-store fundraiser. The national retailer said in a statement that customers donated to LLS by purchasing paper sailboats displayed in-store at all 240+ West Marine retail locations. West Marine Charleston (South Carolina) was the top location in contributions, raising more than $7,300. The funds will help support the nonprofit organization in its battle against blood cancer.

“We would like to thank our customers and store associates for their contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Barry Kelley, West Marine senior vice president, stores and pro. “We’re honored to have partnered with LLS over the past three years in its worthy effort to seek a cure and to aid those who suffer from leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s and myeloma.”

The fundraiser was held in conjunction with Blood Cancer Awareness month and the Leukemia Cup Regatta, a series of sailing events at yacht clubs across North America where participants seek donations from friends, co-workers, family and companies to sponsor their boat. Since 2016, West Marine has raised almost $200,000 for LLS.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS’ mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The organization funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.