Colorful chaos for a cause

LIHUE — The first time was so nice, they had to do it twice.

About 125 people participated in the second running of the Colors for Cancer fundraiser Saturday morning at Vidinha Stadium.

“I think it was more fun because people knew what to expect this time,” event coordinator and recent Kauai High School graduate Heidi Herr said about the event’s second go-around. “Everyone came with a good attitude … You leave and you’re just so rainbow. You just have a good time.”

The event raised $500. Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

“I’ve lost many people in my family to cancer,” Herr said. “It’s running for a good cause … It makes me feel good because the more money we raise, the more things go to the American Cancer Society, the faster they’ll find a cure. Less people are going to feel what we felt.”

Herr’s brother Andrew, who attends school at Kauai High, also participated. By the end, he and many others were covered in thick layers of color from head to toe. Though there weren’t as many participants as the last running, he said it was just as enjoyable.

“We had a little bit more color than last time. We had extra, so we were just making it rain,” Andrew said. “If it gets in your eye, it gets in your eye but you don’t feel anything. It tastes kind of bad when you open your mouth, but it’s fun.”

In addition, Andrew said losing his grandfather to cancer motivated him to keep running throughout.

Amanda Cadavona, a soon to be senior at Kauai High this upcoming academic year, was a volunteer. She helped drench runners passing by with the colored powder. 

“It’s amazing. It’s a good feeling to do it. It’s volunteering and you get to make everybody happy,” she said. “It was awesome just flying it at people … I was trying to get it all over them, but not to their face. That was kind of mean.”

Cadavona added taking part was especially meaningful because her mother has breast cancer.

“It was fun participating in this knowing it will benefit her,” she said. “I say everybody should do it. We should get more people to volunteer to do this and run in it.”

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