Welcome Dr. Karen E. Knudsen as the New CEO of ACS and ACS CAN

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Karen E. Knudsen as the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Holding a PhD in biological sciences, Dr. Knudsen has been the executive vice president of Oncology Services at Thomas Jefferson University and enterprise director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center as well as serving in leadership roles for the top cancer organizations in the country.

Dr. Knudsen will take over upon current American Cancer Society CEO Gary Reedy’s retirement on April 27.

A Heartfelt Thank You

As we celebrate this season of giving thanks, we take time to reflect on what we have to be thankful for, including your generous and heartfelt support. This year has brought many challenges for so many of us. It has taught us that resiliency, determination and innovation can change the path that we choose to take.

During this pandemic, we have learned so much about the true meaning of sharing aloha, gratitude, and having strength from cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and our constituents. Together we have pushed forward despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Our spirit shined on and brought HOPE to all those who joined our events, gave towards our mission, volunteered precious time and talents, and used our patient services.

We are inspired by your support and dedication to the American Cancer Society. Despite a year of hardships for many, we have made a difference in our communities and are still attacking cancer from every angle. Let us take this momentum, the lesson that this year has taught us, and continue to be bold as we press on in the fight against cancer.

Together we have the opportunity to fund a future without cancer and to travel a road that starts with HOPE and ends with a CURE! We can’t do it without you. It takes a joint effort. We are so thankful that you have joined us on that journey!

Pictured Above are American Cancer Society Staff, Board of Directors Members, Hope Lodge Patients, and Faithful Volunteers.

It is with a heart filled with gratitude that your American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific Staff thanks you for your support.

As a reminder, the holiday season can be a joyous time to be with loved ones and share in the excitement of a new year, but for some, these can also be stressful times. For cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, the holidays and added strain of a pandemic can be a lot to handle.  Your American Cancer Society remains open 24/7, available to you via phone, live chat, and video answering questions about cancer and COVID-19. Give us a call at 1.800.227.2345 or chat us via www.cancer.org

Have a blessed holiday season and a happy New Year!

With Gratitude,
Your American Cancer Society Hawaii & Guam Staff

MSABC Pink-tober Newsletter

Do-nut Worry!

Starting this Saturday, Purvè Donut Stop will sell MSABC Hawaii donuts again! Proceeds will go toward our life-saving research and the reopening of our programs that were paused due to the pandemic.


Our first Zumba fundraiser is on 10/10! Mahalo to Margaret, Blanca, and Noreen for getting the party started! Upcoming events will be hosted by Pamela Farrell, Shareen Poynter, and Vanessa Dee Christner!; and a Jazzercise fundraiser will be led by Mary Johnson!


Quote of the Month

“Alone, we sink. Together, we sail and prevail.”

“Tri Strides In Your Community”

While engaging our community, we saw the need to help unify and bring everyone back together in a safe way. This year, when you donate $35 to MakingStridesWalk.org/Hawaii, you’ll receive a list of 3 local businesses in your neighborhood to walk to. The businesses have pink ribbons on their doors! The Teams with the most donations and most steps logged will receive the top prize. Prizes distributed on the 17th, and a virtual show featuring cancer survivors will air on the 18th.

Real Men Wear Pink!

Real Men Wear Pink Hawaii: Throughout October, we’re recruiting men on all the islands to wear pink, fundraise, & spread awareness about breast cancer screenings. Our kāne have fundraised more than $7,000, and they’re just getting started! RealMenWearPinkACS.org/Hawaii


“We’re getting the band back together!” Mahalo to our Fundraising Teams and Rotarians! You’re making a huge positive impact in our local community.

You’re A Gem!

Six local vendors have committed to donating a portion of their sale proceeds in October to MSABC Hawaii. We’ll be sharing the local artists’ jewelry and art links throughout the month.

New MSABC Teams

Passionate Pink “Moms”

Team Cherry on Top

Pink Pam-ther and other Pink Partners

Text strides Oahu to 69922 to receive up-to-date info on our upcoming Team Leader fundraisers!


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