Childhood Cancer Expert to Give Free Educational Workshop

Hawai‘i Children’s Cancer Foundation hosts Sept. 25 event through a grant from NFL Charities

For Immediate Release

HONOLULU – (September 20, 2013) With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hawai‘i Children’s Cancer Foundation is pleased to host renowned pediatric oncologist, Dr. Sharon Castellino from Wake Forest School of Medicine, as a guest speaker on the topic of maintaining brain and heart function following childhood cancer.

Dr. Sharon Castellino is an associate professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest School of medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a pediatric oncologist who runs the AWAKE clinic, a program for long-term follow up of childhood cancer survivors. Her research has focused on understanding ways to maintain heart and brain function after childhood cancer as a means to maximize health and quality of life in long term survivors. Her work is supported by the National Cancer Institute and St. Baldrick Childhood Cancer Foundation. She is an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group.

This free, educational workshop will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kapi‘olani Medical Center in the second-floor auditorium. Dinner and childcare will be provided for guests. Reserve a spot by emailing or by calling (808) 528-5161.

This workshop is sponsored by NFL Charities through a generous grant to Hawai‘i Children’s Cancer Foundation.

About Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation

Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation (HCCF) is the only organization in the State of Hawaii dedicated exclusively to providing services to children with cancer and their families.  The foundation provides a wide range of services and programs to families, including financial assistance, social events, education and advocacy.  All services and programs that HCCF provides are entirely free to the families in need.  The Foundation was formed in 1991 by a group of parents and medical providers after a statewide needs assessment showed that there were many childhood cancer needs not being met by any existing entity.  HCCF was granted IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 1993.  All funds donated to HCCF remain in Hawaii, with 95 cents of every dollar received put towards providing direct services for the children with cancer and their families.  For more information, visit