Painting our World Purple – Hero of Hope Kehau Mastumoto

Kehau Matsumoto
Kehau Matsumoto
As a four-time breast cancer survivor, Kehau understands the meaning for cancer all too well. She also understands the sense of comfort a survivor feels when they know they are not alone.
“My very first Relay For Life experience brought me to my knees in tears, tears of joy seeing myself and many other survivors alive, knowing we jumped the threshold and are walking to find a cure together,” said Lillian.
Lillian participated in her first American Cancer Society Relay For Life following her initial diagnosis with breast cancer. Her faith, family, and the American Cancer Society provided her hope each day during a very challenging time. She received peer support from another cancer survivor through the Society’s Reach to Recovery program. The Society was there helping to provide her cancer information and support online. But most importantly, the Society provided the funding for cancer research that developed Tamoxifen, a drug taken by Lillian to help combat the disease.
Now more than 21 years later, she continues to share her story with others to help raise funds through Relay For Life and to advocate for policies that will improve the lives of cancer patients in her community. For the past six years, Lillian has also traveled to Washington D. C. to advocate for continued support for cancer research and programs on the national and state level.
“My greatest wish is to get more friends and family to carry the torch and get involved to help end this disease,” stated Lillian. By encouraging others to join her at Relay For Life, she wants to provide the comfort and hope to those battling the disease today.

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