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

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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.”


Welcoming Kara Morison, new staff partner – Finish the Fight Friday 1-30-2015

Aloha and Hafa Adai…

I’m very pleased to announce that Kara Morison will join the HiPac Team as the Community Manager, Relay For Life in Hilo.

Kara Morison joins American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific HiloKara comes to us with three years of experience in non-profit business, having worked with The Kavli Foundation and the American Red Cross in California.  She has expertise in volunteer engagement and cultivation.  Kara received a bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Business & Nonprofit Organization at California State University.  With her background and family roots in Hilo, Kara is going to be a great addition to our team.

I know you share in my excitement.  Please help me welcome Kara Morison to our HiPac ‘Ohana.     ~ Tanya Brown, Senior Manager, Relay For Life

A message from Kara:

Hello Everyone!  I just wanted to say what an honor it is to be able to join the Relay For Life team and the chance to work for such an amazing organization. I’ve always been passionate about working in the community and I have had several years of background experience in working for nonprofits. Knowing that ACS was hiring in Hilo I had to jump on the opportunity to be a part of something that I know will not only be personally fulfilling but also gives me the chance to help those in the community and help others continue the fight against cancer. I know we can all make a difference, and I can’t wait to get started.

Check out Relay For Life of Hilo

Pacific Business News and Maui Now both featured January stories based on the ACS’ 2015 Cancer Facts and Figures.

Read more here about how American Cancer Society works using our unique volunteer/staff partnerships to accomplish our mission.