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Canoe club donates $500 to cancer society

Namolokama O’Hanalei Canoe Club president Ele Johnson and Open Swim director Dick Smith yesterday presented a $500 check to Erika Sy, a Kaua‘i American Cancer Society representative.

The donation stemmed from funds generated from the July 26 Open Swim race sponsored by Namolokama and was dedicated to the competition’s inaugural women’s winner, Laurie Denton, who passed away last year from breast cancer. The donation was given to the society in Denton’s name.

Namolokama’s goal in raising funds was to help individuals or families who are dealing with breast cancer. Participants were encouraged to become aware for breast cancer and educate themselves about the disease.

Printed materials were made available for those interested in learning more about it.

“I am honored (the canoe club) chose Laurie as motivation,” Ken Denton, Laurie’s husband, said in a previous interview with The Garden Island. “Awareness is the best thing so people can educate themselves and to make their own decisions.”

Last year more than 100 people from 6 to 78 years old participated. This year was a little less.

For more information on Namolokama or breast cancer, visit namolokama.com

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