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Volunteer Profile – Dr. Lawrence Tseu – Finish the Fight Friday

Dr. Tseu graduated from St. Louis School, Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago and did his Dental Internship Training at Queens Hospital. He is an U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired dentist after 50 years of private practice in Honolulu Hawaii. Of his five children: there is a medical doctor, two dentists, an attorney, a dental hygienist and a special education teacher with a masters degree. His hobbies includes flying his airplane, big game hunting and collecting jade antiques.
He first became involved with the American Cancer Society in 2009 at the request of Jackie Young, former Chief Staff Officer for ACS Hawaii Pacific, to help fund a researcher whose ACS grant request was approved but on the “pay if” list waiting for funding. Dr. Tseu had a personal reason for his interest in this particular study on metastatic breast cancer, as that had been the cause of the loss of his wife. His generosity provided the necessary funds for that research to move forward and it continues to make progress today. Subsequently, he was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific and later asked to serve as the Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for Hope Lodge. He says that his faith and his wife’s legacy guide him to be a steward of his earthly blessings and to share with those who have less.
He is passionate about the need for Hope Lodge in Hawaii and says that without one some patients are forced into a “self-imposed death sentence” when they have to choose between traveling from the neighbor islands to receive necessary treatment or paying their rent or mortgage. “It’s a death sentence that is preventable,” he says.
Another reason for his commitment to the mission of the American Cancer Society is that his sister died from uterine cancer in the 60’s when there was only one type of chemotherapy for all and he finds hope in the advancements that have been made to provide targeted treatment to many types of cancer. He hopes that through the efforts of ACS and its thousands of volunteers we will be able to eliminate the unnecessary suffering and misery of a cancer diagnosis and give them HOPE.