I would like to take this opportunity to thank many of the people who helped to make last month’s “Kauai Cancer Update 2006” such a great success. First of all, Lani Yukimura and Debi Leyva at Wilcox Hospital, and Charlene Ueno and Cindy Amuro at West Kauai Medical Center, for planning and logistical support. Also, Sandy McMaster and Beth Mallia at KVMH (Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital) for design, publicity, and IT (information technology) support. Orianna Skomoroch at KVMH generously provided refreshments for the event, Paige Moura worked so hard with the caterers to make sure the conference was well-supplied, and Jeanne Toulon and the Kauai Beach Hotel & Resort did site planning and provided the Jasmine Ballroom as a public service. Wilcox Hospital provided publicity, along with free public-service announcements by The Garden Island newspaper, as well as KQNG radio, FM97, KKCR, HITS radio, and KUAI.
Special thanks to guest speakers, Doctors Dileep Bal, Emilia Williams, Tad Jackson, and John Culliney, who prepared excellent presentations, PowerPoint graphics, and stayed to answer questions. Also, Sandy Higgins, tobacco-cessation counselor at Wilcox Health, for setting up an informative display and answering questions; Janice Bond, legislative advocate; Charles Roessler of the Tobacco-Free Coalition; and Mary Williamson, of the American Cancer Society, who, as usual, helped with every aspect of this type of event. Thanks especially to the public, who showed up in numbers, despite a steady downpour and flash-flood warnings.
• Robert S. Weiner, MD Conference Chairman