Friends Furthering Cancer Research

By Mary Worrall
Wednesday - September 08, 2010 Share

By Mary Worrall, Board Member and Event Co-Chair
Friends Furthering Cancer Research Center of Hawaii

Cancer is a disease that touches all of us, which is why the nonprofit Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii supports the important work done by the the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Research Center of Hawaii (CRCH) by raising funds and coordinating fundraising events in the community to further cancer research.

By working with major Hawaii hospitals, physicians and other cancer organizations, CRCH strives to find cures for cancer, educate the people of Hawaii on cancer prevention and improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with it. It is one of only 65 National Cancer Institutes in the United States, and its new building, which has been funded by our state cigarette tax, is slated to begin construction next month in Kakaako next to the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Completion is expected in 2013.

Through our annual signature fundraising gala, “Mauka Makai ... The Voyage to Discovery,” we are able to help raise funds for cancer research and also honor those who’ve made an impact in cancer prevention and awareness. This year we will honor local philanthropists Bert and Susan Kobayashi by awarding them the Mauka Makai 2010 Award for their significant contributions to the progress of cancer research, treatment and education.

Susan and Bert Kobayashi will be honored Sept. 17 with the Mauka Makai 2010 Award for their contributions to cancer research

Help us fulfill our mission of generating community support for CRCH’s efforts by attending our annual fundraising gala on Friday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Under the theme ¡Viva la Cancer Research!, the open-air venue will be converted into a border-town marketplace complete with food stalls, margaritas, a wonderful silent auction, live entertainment and a few surprises.

Tickets are still available. Tables of 10 cost $3,500, $5,000 or $10,000, and individual, unreserved tickets cost $250. Reservations may be made by calling our benefit hotline at 564-5900 or e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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