Finish the Fight Friday 3-27-2015

Screenshot_2015-03-27-12-42-30American Cancer Society’s Hoedown for Hope raises awareness and close to $70,000 to finish the fight against cancer. This past Saturday at the Kilohana Plantation, more than 450 guests, and countless volunteers gathered together to celebrate life, paniolo style. From can can dancers, to local favorites, Not My First Rodeo, to chart topping Maddie and Tae, this year’s Hoedown was an event that will go down in history. With this, the seventh Hoedown for Hope the community on Kauai has now raised over $400,000 and touched the lives of thousands of people with our message. Auctioneer John Genovese brought the whole crowd together for a special restricted funds ask for the Hope Lodge Hawaii that gave participants the opportunity to invest directly into the Lodge. For more pictures and information visit Hoedown for Hope on Facebook. To join the 2016 planning committee, email

Our thanks goes out to Outrigger Hotels & Resorts for being a generous community partner and providing discounted lodging to our Hawaii Pacific cancer patients in 2014. Presenting the Recognition Certificate to Stephanie Nojima are ACS staff Christine Hinds, Program Manager, Mission Delivery and Alaina Cunningham, Sr. Director, Community Engagement.  Outrigger Enterprises has supported our patients for several years and we hope that 2014 marks the continuation of our fruitful partnership.

Outrigger supports American Cancer Society


Thursday night at ProtoHub in Kaka`ako the cancer community joined PBS Hawaii for a pre-screening of Cancer – The Emperor of All Maladies that will air on PBS March 30-April First. This six part Ken Burns documentary explores the history of cancer through history and examines the sometimes controvesial approaches taken towards it. Visit PBS for air times.

Two Kinds of Free Screening – Finish the Fight Friday 3-6-15

Queen’s Colon Screening Fair with partnership of Queen’s Cancer Center

Queens Colon Cancer March 2015 Map KEEP YOUR Colon HEALTHY
Friday, March 27, 2015 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Queen’s Medical Center, Punchbowl, 1301 Punchbowl St., Harkness Courtyard

Travel your way through the fair! You will be guided to stations where you will be provided with facts on why colon cancer awareness is so important. Don’t forget to get your healthy colon boarding pass stamped at each station. Collect all eight stamps to complete your healthy colon travel for a chance to WIN a $200 Hawaiian Airlines Gift Card! Colo-rectal cancer arises from pre-cancerous growths or polyps that grow in the colon. When detected early, polyps can be removed, halting their progression to colo-rectal cancer. Remember, prevention is powerful. You can download the flier here.

March is colon cancer awareness month. For more information on this highly preventable cancer, read more here at


Empereor of All Maladies PatientAnd for a totally different kind of screening….

This one is for your eyes, ears and brain! You can screen the trailer to the new PBS video “Emperor of All Maladies” now live at PBS.  THE STORY OF CANCER: The Emperor of All Maladies (link to trailer) examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report. For local, free full-length screenings of the PBS special on March 25, please visit the PBS Hawaii Eventbrite page.


Coming up next in ACS special events, get ready for:

March 7 Relay For Life of UH Manoa

March 13 Relay For Life of UH Hilo

March 21 Hoedown for Hope, Lihue Kauai


Queens Colon Cancer March 2015 Flier

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