Celebrate life

KAPAA – The community is invited to wear pink and walk to celebrate life with the staff, residents and families from the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital. The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. today.

The event is the second Walk to Celebrate Life and its purpose is twofold: raise awareness about cancer and raise money for the America Cancer Society.

While statistics from the National Cancer Institute show breast cancer to be the third-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, early detection is known to be the key to survival.

Josie Pablo, event organizer, originally planned the walk last year when she saw how one of the residents who was going through treatment for breast cancer needed a boost.

“I figured it was a good way to give her hope,” Pablo said. “I wanted her to see that everything was going to be OK and that people were behind her.”

It was a success last year and Pablo said she hopes to raise additional funds for the Cancer Society, but she said it’s even more than that.

“We want to support the cause and show people we love them,” Pablo said.

Volunteers able to push wheelchairs are needed to join the dignitaries who plan to participate.

“We’re going to bring at least 30 of the residents to the event,” Pablo said.

Walk participants should plan to meet at Ke Ala Hele Makalae next to the Kapaa Neighborhood Center.

Entertainment will include Micah Aulani Torio Viluan after the walk and Joyful Noise Drumming before the Walk. Refreshments will be served.

Donations are welcome and can be made payable to the, “American Cancer Society.” Contact Josie Pablo at 823-4138 for further information about the fundraiser or to volunteer.

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