We were first introduced to childhood cancer when our grandson was diagnosed with leukemia in 1997. There is nothing more devastating than hearing the news that your two?year?old grandson has a life?threatening illness. Yet, it is a diagnosis that hundreds of Hawai‘i parents and grandparents have had to face these many years.
TJ was successfully treated at Kapi‘olani Medical Center and today he is a 17?year?old junior at Academy of the Pacific. During TJ’s years of treatment, we were continually struck by the strength and tenacity of the families we met who overcame overwhelming odds to care for their sick child. In the years since TJ finished treatment, we have become big supporters of Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation (HCCF). The principal program that HCCF runs is the Family Financial Assistance Program, which provides grants for families to help cover expenses while their child is receiving treatment. Last year alone, the Foundation distributed more than $300,000 to 85 families in need.
It gives us great pleasure to be the honorary chairs of this year’s annual fundraising event.
We invite you to join us and be a champion for the cause at “Eye of the Tiger,” to be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Murphy’s Bar and Grill.
This event is dedicated to the hundreds of Hawai‘i families who have a child currently in treatment, who have a child who is a survivor, or who have a child who survives in our hearts. First Hawaiian Bank and The Schuler Family Foundation will also be recognized for their outstanding financial contributions to HCCF.
Please help us to champion the cause by buying a table, buying a ticket or donating an item for the event’s boutique. Please join with us to support Hawai‘i Children’s Cancer Foundation and Hawai‘i’s keiki and their families who are battling cancer so courageously. All the money raised stays here in Hawaii with 95 cents of every dollar going straight to program.
Mina and Rick Humphreys