Coming Together To Help Laua’e
Friday - March 24, 2010
While pregnant last year, Laua’e Beamer started to notice a lump in her breast and brought it to the attention of her doctor. Then, in January when she was 8-months pregnant, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
On Feb. 4, she gave birth to a healthy baby, Halialoha, with husband Kamana (son of Grammy-nominated recording artist Kapono Beamer) by her side.
The family lives in Waimea on the Big Island, but just one week after she gave birth, Laua’e was on a plane to Honolulu to start treatment for cancer.
Now, family and friends are teaming up for a benefit concert for the Beamer ohana Saturday, March 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Calvary by the Sea Church (5339 Kalanianaole Hwy.)
“It’s a fundraiser to help cover all the excess medical expenses,” explains Kehaulani Watson, a family friend who is helping to organize the event. “And, in addition to being a young family, Laua’e has to travel for an entire year back and forth regularly from the Neighbor Island for chemotherapy, so it’s also to help with the travel expenses.”
The event will feature an amazing lineup of entertainers including Kapono Beamer, Jon Osorio, Kamau, Waipuna, Kupaoa, and Keola Beamer.
There also is a silent auction offering a sail on the Hokule’a, items from surfer Duane DeSoto, pieces
from artists Solomon Enos and Peggy Chun, food for a year from Nalo Farms, hotel packages and autographed items from musician Jack Johnson.
“Laua’e is doing as well as can be expected and she loves being a mom,” shares Watson. “Anyone who knows her would know that she’s just a phenomenally positive and happy person.
“This is just unbelievable to me. Laua’e is perhaps one of the healthiest people I know. She’s active and watches very carefully what she eats. She’s been a crew member of the Hokule’a, she’s sailed, she’s farmed. I’ve never seen her sick. There’s no history of breast cancer in her family. She’s the last person I would have guessed to have cancer. And she’s young - 27.”
Tickets to the upcoming benefit concert are $25 to $100 and are available at www.benefitforlauae.blogspot.com or at Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii at Ward Warehouse.
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