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, 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!


“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!


ACS to honor

Barry Taniguchi in memoriam with the Beacon of Hope Award at the 8th Annual Hope Gala: Midnight in Monte Carlo on Friday, November 6, 2020, in Support of Hope Lodge Hawai’i

With an abundance of caution in keeping our patients, volunteers, donors and staff healthy, the American Cancer Society has rescheduled the 8th annual Hope Gala Honolulu to take place as a virtual online auction event culminating on Friday, November 6.  The online auction will be open for bids starting on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 am and will close on Friday, November 6 at 8pm. (2020 Hope Gala Honolulu)

This year’s theme is Midnight in Monte Carlo, with the ambiance of an evening in Monte Carlo, in the Principality of Monaco in the South of France, known for its luxurious Casino Monte Carlo.  The event will feature a video tribute to Barry Taniguchi, Beacon of Hope honoree in memoriam, a virtual tour of Hope Lodge Honolulu and the critical role it plays in helping cancer patients access life-giving care, video testimonials of Hope Lodge patients, and the opportunity to bid on unique items during the Live and Premier Auctions. 

The Beacon of Hope Award will be presented in memoriam to Barry Taniguchi, chairman of the board and   CEO of KTA Super Stores, as a special recognition of his leadership in the community and support for American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge Hawaii. The Beacon of Hope Award was established in 2015 to recognize an entity or individual in our community who provides significant contributions to end the fight against cancer in Hawaii. These advocates demonstrate outstanding commitment to the mission of American Cancer Society in the areas of patient care, advocacy, access to care and/or health disparities.

100% of the proceeds from this gala will benefit the Clarence T.C. Ching Hope Lodge Honolulu operations, which since opening November 2016, has provided over 900 patients with free lodging in Honolulu while receiving life-saving treatment.  The gala’s Monaco Grand Prix Presenting Sponsor is Hawaiian Electric, with Le Grand Casino sponsorships from The Queen’s Health Systems and City Mill Company, Ltd.

For more information on the event, visit  For sponsorship’s, or to make a donation, please contact Cheryl LeBeau at (808) 432-9153, or via email at  OR Elisabeth Case at (808) 432-9137, or via email at

Hawaiian Airlines Resumes Critical Transportation for Cancer Patients


For more than 20 years, Hawaiian Airlines has quietly been supporting the fight against cancer by donating through the HawaiianMiles charity program to the American Cancer Society.  Through the Society’s patient services, the charity program miles are given to patients across the Hawaiian Islands who need air transportation to O‘ahu or the mainland. Concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients postponed cancer care. Beginning Monday, September 14, 2020, charity program miles can again be used through the American Cancer Society to get patients to their potentially life-saving treatment.

“As a cancer patient who lives on the Big Island, it was critical to my cancer treatment to have access to The Queen’s Medical Center for treatment and PET scans,” said Bernie, a cancer patient who used the program. “The HawaiianMiles charity program assisted me in making that possible.  As with other patients, it helped me when I needed it most and I shall always be grateful for the generosity of the program.”

“The charity program miles donated by Hawaiian Airlines and their HawaiianMiles members provide a profound gift to a cancer patient during their journey,” said Michelle Hashimoto, manager of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Honolulu.  “It means that there is one less expense to worry about.  Patients are so grateful for the continued spirit of aloha and giving.”

According to Ryan Okita, Senior Director, Cancer Control Program Management for the Society, the American Cancer Society provided 552 flights in 2019 through the Hawaiian Airlines charity program. “Hawaiian Airlines and their HawaiianMiles members have donated more than one million miles in 2019 alone, mostly for cancer patients in Hawaii to get to cancer treatment,” Okita confirmed.

The HawaiianMiles charity program offers a meaningful way for Hawaiian Airlines’ guests to support important community causes.  Hawaiian Airlines incorporated four distinct pillars of charitable giving opportunities, each one representing a major keystone of Hawaiian society: Culture, Education, Environment, and Health and Human Services.

“Each year, Hawaiian Airlines will match up to a half-million miles to each participating charity. We are grateful for the generosity of our loyal guests who donate their miles to support the incredible work of non-profits like the American Cancer Society and help fulfill our mission to assist our neighbors across the islands,” said Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, Hawaiian Airlines director of community and cultural relations.

Hawaiian has donated over 5 million HawaiianMiles to the American Cancer Society since 2009 and participated in its Relay For Life program for over 25 years. The carrier recently donated First Class amenity kits and slippers as well as face masks produced by its partner Kealopiko to support Hope Lodge patients. The American Cancer Society provides free services for cancer patients, including talking with a live Cancer Information Specialist 24/7, information about early detection, and treatments. Cancer patients who need transportation assistance from Hawaii can call the American Cancer Society for assistance at 808-595-7500.

To donate your Hawaiian miles to the American Cancer Society, please visit the website linked HERE and choose our organization.

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