Why We Drive Road to Recovery – Finish the Fight Friday 2-27-15

I started volunteer driving many years ago for the American Cancer Society. Back then this volunteer driving program was called Angels on Wheels. Because I am blessed to only work part time and my schedule is flexible, this is a perfect volunteer job for me! I am a busy person who tends to fill up every space on my calendar but there has always been room to drive patients to their appointments a couple of times per month. Sometimes I think, “this may be out of my way”, “this might take too long” or “I might not feel like waiting while the patient is at their appointment.” I think these thoughts are normal and we would be lying if we said these thoughts never enter our minds.

CH0705_largeHowever, I can say 100 % with honest conviction that I have never regretted a volunteer driving experience. I come away happy, satisfied and renewed. You meet the most amazing people during these drives over the hill ( I live on the Windward side of Oahu and usually drive the patients over to the Honolulu side of the island). I met a woman who was nearly blind, had cancer, had a sore shoulder, and walked with a cane. She was the most generous, loving, interesting person I have ever met. She shared parts of her life story with me and I shared mine. I try not to ask any personal questions but if the person wants to open up, I am a good listener. Helping people is the best way to forget about your own problems and it reminds me that we are all connected. Every good deed comes right back to help us feel connected to every other human being. I hope someday if my loved ones need this service that it will still be available. It really is such a simple gesture to give someone a ride to chemotherapy, radiation, or the doctor’s office. So simple and so rewarding!

~Ann Dewey, ACS Volunteer Road to Recovery Driver

To sign up for Road to Recovery, visit this link or call 808-595-7500

If you ever wanted to learn more about cancer in general, this ground breaking documentary by , “The Emperor of All Maladies” will be screening at PBS on March 25. Sign up for the free screening here.

Empereor of All Maladies

Xinnian kuaile – Finish the Fight Friday 2-20-15

Happy New Year - From all of us at ACS
Xīnnián kuàilè

Hawaii Pacific board president, Carla Nip-Sakamoto offers insight about skin cancers in this Midweek this week She reflects on the new tanning booth legislation that was put in place last year in Hawaii and offers best practices for avoiding too much sun. When asked if skin cancer is more prevalent in Hawaii, Nip-Sakamoto responded,Skin Cancer Screening

There are statistics, but unfortunately our incidence is probably underestimated because it requires reporting to our tumor registry and not all skin cancers are reported. The only reportable cancer is melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the most common skin cancers, do not require reporting, so our incidence is underestimated.

It might appear that Hawaii doesn’t have a huge problem, but we do. If we were to report all the basal cells, squamous cells and melanomas that all Hawaii practitioners remove, we would appreciate the magnitude of this health issue. Not a day goes by that we don’t see a skin cancer in my office.

Read the full article here.

The Queen’s Angels Relay For Life team will be having their annual garage sale to benefit their team. Check out their awesome wares. Saturday, March 14, 2015 | Mililani High School |  Parking Lot | 8:00am-1:00pm

Queens Angels Garage Sale Flier Mar 14 2015

For more on ACS in the news click here.

Save It or Shave It – Finish the Fight Friday 2-6-2015

St Louis Crusaders Relay 5k LuminariaSt. Louis Heights High hosted their first ever 5K to support Relay For Life of UH Manoa! Way to save the day St. Louis! See them at Facebook

Student Government Association of Guam High hosted “SAVE IT OR SHAVE IT” fundraiser as part of No Shave November. Students convinced their adviser, Mr. Leon Guerrero to consider shaving his “very thick beard” if they met a $400 fundraising goal. They placed two jars that students could donate into, one to save the beard, the other to shave it. The jar with the most donations determined the outcome. Save it or Shave it. The students exceeded their goal and Mr. Guerrero was ready to shave his beard, but not before two other faculty members volunteered to have their heads shaved if the students could raise $1500. Not only did the two additional staff shave their heads (and Mr. Leon Guerrero, his beard), but the students exceeded their goal, raising a total of $2019. What a way to shave.

Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods support American Cancer SocietySaving for the future in a meaningful way. Special thanks go out to Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods for their partnership. The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is planting a native forest on Hawai’i Island. Located on the slopes of Mauna Kea, this historic site was once a majestic koa forest and the personal property of King Kamehameha I, the 1st King of Hawai’i. Today HLH is planting trees for anyone who wants to purchase a legacy hardwood. Anyone who purchases a tree can designate a portion of the proceeds to a charity of their choice. In 2014, HLH donated over $600 back to ACS. That represents over 30 koa wood trees planted. Thanks Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods! Plant a tree now.

Saving Lives in National News

The rate at which people are diagnosed with colon cancer in the US has dropped 30% in the last 10 years for those aged 50 years and older, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. Researchers credit the drop to more people gettingrecommended screening tests. Screening is the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease. Death rates from colon cancer have also declined rapidly within the last decade. The report says even more deaths could be avoided if everyone got their screening tests on time.

“These continuing drops in incidence and mortality show the lifesaving potential of colon cancer screening; a potential that an estimated 20 million of Americans over 50, who have never been screened, have not benefitted from,” said Richard C. Wender, MD, American Cancer Society chief cancer control officer, in a statement. “Continuing this hopeful trend will require concrete efforts to make sure all patients, particularly those who are economically disenfranchised, have access to screening and to the best care available.”

Read more at cancer.org