Meet Your Staff Partner Patti Ornellas – Finish the Fight Friday 09/19/2014

Patti getting ready for Kauai Relay for LifeComing to the American Cancer Society was a long journey. I had worked in the tourism industry from 1989 to the present in various capacities, but primarily Front Of House operations and Homeowner Assistance. My mom, Felisa Ragasa, found out she had breast cancer in 1981. By 1984, her cancer had spread through her bones and she passed away in July of that year. My sister Melissa and I decided seven years ago to form a team in honor of my mom, Team Fely’s Angels, at our Relay For Life.  We also honor the family and friends of our team members who have passed on, or who are survivors.  Specifically, my mother-in-law who passed away in February 1990 from a cancerous brain tumor and brother-in-law who passed away two months later in May 1990 from leukemia.

Four years ago I was approached by Millie Curtis of the Kaua’i American Cancer Society office to join her Relay For Life Committee as the Sponsorship and Underwriting Chair which was my first “volunteer” experience.

The past two years, I co-chaired the event and this year, stepped up as the Event Chair. As I became more and more involved and began to see the “bigger” picture of the purpose of the efforts of American Cancer Society, my paPatti at Relay for Life Kauai American Cancer Societyssion for eliminating cancer grew stronger and I was very proud to say I was a Volunteer. When the opportunity came up to be a part of this organization as a staff partner, I thought what a better way to continue my efforts than to actually become a part of this organization to make a difference.


I feel blessed, honored, motivated and enthusiastic and look forward to my time working with the American Cancer Society.


Here are some of the events Patti is working on with Your American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life of Kauai

Bark For Life of Kauai

Relay For Life of North Shore Hanalei Bay


When 15 Miles Can Save a Life – Finish the Fight Friday 9-12-14 (Two days early!!)

Road to Recovery Honolulu Hawaii Pacific American Cancer SocietyHow close are we to a cure for cancer? In some cases only about 15 miles. You can give someone the ride of their life by volunteering to become a Road to Recovery® driver. This volunteer opportunity is often on an as-needed basis and works with a variety of schedules. To find out more please contact Christine Hinds at our Honolulu office. christine.hinds at

Last year in Hawaii, our network of volunteer drivers provided 196 cancer patients more than 2,956 rides to cancer-related treatments and appointments through our Road To Recovery® program. Additionally, we offered 449 patients vendor transportation assistance when no volunteers where available in a community or the distance was too great, such as traveling to another island.


Or you can read more about Road to Recovery here.

Other ACS News:

Marisha Artero 40 under 40 Guam Business Magazine ACS Hawaii Pacific

Marisha Artero of our Gaum office was named one of Guam’s 40 under 40. Congratulations to Marisha. From Guam Business Magazine, “As co-leader of the Tobacco-Control Action Team, Artero led advocacy efforts toward the successful passage of two laws that established a tax parity for smokeless tobacco products and that prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to customers under 18. She is a team leader for the Survivorship and Quality Life Action Team of the Guam….” Continue Reading on the Guam Business Magazine site.




West Hawaii Cancer Symposium

This past weekend’s seventeenth annual West Hawaii Cancer Symposium comes to us by the hard work of its organizer, Hawaii Pacific Board President, Dr. Daryl Kurozawa.  High Plains Executive Vice President, Danny Ingram, participated for his first year.  The Symposium provides Continuing Medical Education for Hawaii and mainland practitioners. The Four Seasons Hualalai Resort and its employees put on four fundraising events in conjunction with the conference from Friday through Sunday, with proceeds to benefit both ACS and the UH Cancer Center.  Highlights included the Taste of Hawaii dinner fundraiser, both tennis and golf fundraisers, the Race for Hope 5K and 10K runs, and the Hope canoe filled with orchids of remembrance to be floated out to sea.  Thank you to Beau, Christine H., Anna, Sancie and Erin and her husband, Juan, for staffing these events, and a special mahalo to the Four Seasons Hualalai and staff for their dedication to this cause.

West Hawaii Cancer Symposium American Cancer Society

West Hawaii Cancer Symposium



Give Aloha matches your gifts – here’s how

Give Aloha, FoodlanGive Aloha Logo for American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacificd’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program in here again for the month of September only.  This program honors Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, and continues his legacy of giving back.

How It Works

From September 1-30, you can make donations up to $249 (per organization, per person) to participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at your checkout.  Use your Maika’i card to make a donation*.  Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation.  You can use this donation to see your own gift grow (usually the match is around 25%). Use the attached post card to notify us of your donation and we will credit your Relay team! 

How to Donate

  • At checkout, present your Maika’i card (or give your 10-digit number) and inform the cashier that you would like to make a donation to AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY.**
  • Tell the cashier our organization’s 5-digit code:  77154
  • Tell the cashier how much you would like to donate. ***
  • Be sure the cashier reaffirms our organization’s name and amount that you are donating.
  • The name of our organization and the amount you donate will appear on your receipt.
  • Your name will not be released to us.  Please use the donation post card to let us know of your donation so we can credit it to your Relay event.
  • Give Aloha Program Relay For Life Donation Post Card

Are These Donations Tax Deductible?

Give Aloha donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Please save your store receipt for tax purposes. It will be the only record you will have of your donation.  You may ask the cashier for a duplicate receipt. American Cancer Society will not provide reciept of Give Aloha donations.


*Donations made without a Maika’i card will not be matched.

**If you do not have a Maika’i account, you may establish one by telling the cashier you would like to do so; you will need to give a unique 10-digit number (such as your phone number). 

***Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total. You may donate up to $249 per organization (any amount in excess of $249 per organization will not be matched).  

If you have more questions, please read the FAQ below or contact us at 808-595-7500