On this Valentines Day, we thought we would share with you a heartfelt story from Maui. Brian Burns began his Spirit of Survival walk in honor of his sisters and to support the mission of the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Hawaii. Here is his story in his words.
“My life has forever been altered due to the disease of breast cancer. I have had three sisters whom I love dearly suffer with breast cancer. I have witnessed the devastating affect that it takes on those you love physically, mentally and emotionally. I have witnessed how this awful disease ravages the body and spirit. I have also witnessed hope and recovery. I have witnessed the strength and virtue it takes to fight the disease and live life as best you can with dignity and grace. For too many it takes their lives. My sister Susan Burns fought a courageous battle and was taken by the disease in 2000. My sister Eileen Burns fought a courageous battle and was taken by this disease in 2012. There is also hope. My sister Maureen Covell has fought a courageous battle, she was diagnosed in 2010; she has been a survivor for 6 years. I have faith that we can find a cure. The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer funds cancer research and patient services in Hawaii. In an effort to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer, find a cure and help those affected by the disease I created a (feeder) walk against breast cancer on Maui. As a resident I saw the need to create one in our community to have an opportunity to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer , bring hope and Honor of my sisters courageous battle.”
You can join in our mission to save lives by signing up for the 2017 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. www.makingstrideswalk.org/hawaii or with Brian on Maui at http://mauispiritofsurvivalwalk.com/
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Veteran Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team Hawaii Job Corps Center raised $1,500 this year by having dress down days at work for both students and faculty alike and collecting donations from a delicious pasta plate cooked by their very own Culinary Arts students.
When asked how they liked our new event location at Ke`ehi Lagoon Beach Park, they remarked about the beautiful ocean and view.
Thank you Hawaii Job Corps Center for your tremendous efforts to free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer!
Almost 4000 Hawaii residents came together on October 22nd at Ke’ehi Lagoon Beach Park for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and raised nearly $185,000 to help create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.
“The October 22nd event was a moving example of passion in action,” said Michelle Hashimoto, Community Manager, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. “Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk ensures no one faces breast cancer alone by bringing the community together, funding innovative breast cancer research, promoting education and risk reduction and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.”
The 2016 Hawaii walk was made possible in part by the generous support of these sponsors: Hawaii News Now, iHeart Media, Brett Hill Construction, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, The Hawaiian Electric Companies, AlohaCare, Avis Budget Car Rental, City Mill, Kaiser Permanente, The Cancer Center of Hawaii, Clinical Labs of Hawaii, Pali Momi Medical Center, GEICO, and Cycle City Hawaii.
It’s not too late to make a donation to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Hawaii. Visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/hawaii to help the Society continue saving lives. For free breast cancer information and resources or to donate, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.