7.6 million people die each year from cancer.
There are 28 million cancer survivors worldwide.
In the U.S., there is a 50% lifetime risk of developing cancer for men.
Every 13 minutes, a woman dies from breast cancer in the U.S.
5-10% of those diagnosed with a Glioblastoma survive to five years.
A Glioblastoma is often referred to as the “terminator” because of how lethal it can be. Statistics show only 5%-10% of those diagnosed survive to 5 years and the final mortality rate is close to 100%. Jamil, unwilling to allow these statistics dictate his life, took and passed the Hawaii bar exam the year after his diagnosis while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. He continued to work even while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. It was difficult and some days he was too tired to even get off the couch but it gave him the chance to not dwell on his diagnosis. He is currently a practicing attorney in Maui, Hawaii and President of UVSC. In his spare time, he likes to surf, play basketball or tennis, and keeps healthy by focusing on his diet and exercise. He also completed his first Marathon in December, 2016 and plans to keep living his life. He knows if he can overcome the odds of surviving Glioblastoma, he can do anything. In that way, cancer has actually been a blessing and a motivator. He hopes, with UVSC, he can help others battling cancer also see the positive side of their diagnosis and continue to fight their best fight. Most importantly, Jamil realizes that it is the crucial support of friends and family that continues to help him overcome cancer’s death sentence and he hopes UVSC can do the same for others so indiscriminately targeted by this disease.
Throughout Chris’ childhood, Rob launched and grew TS Restaurants from a single location on Maui, HI to a regional power player, with 13 locations between Hawaii and California. This proved highly influential to Chris, who chose to pursue restaurant entrepreneurship on his own. Over about 16 years, Chris worked in 8 of TS Restaurants’ 13 locations and now sits on its Board of Directors as Member and Owner. He has now partnered with Maui Brewing Company to launch its new Restaurant Division, expanding their brewpub locations throughout the state of Hawaii.
For the last 11 years, Greg has also been an active board member of the Donegan Burns Foundation – a nonprofit helping to provide grants for literacy and after-school programs as well as scholarships for deserving youth. Over the last decade, the foundation has given hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to elementary schools to meet the needs of students with learning differences as well as full ride scholarships to deserving students around the country.
Greg is now dedicating his ambition and nonprofit experience to focus on UVSC’s mission, which is one close to his heart. Greg credits having learned the ways of success from his father, a man he truly believed to be larger than life. In 2011, Greg’s father was diagnosed with Cancer. Despite his father’s brave fight against the disease, he lost the battle shortly after his diagnosis. This was a moment where Greg decided to dedicate himself to the fight to make this story for other families become one of the past. As a UVSC board member, Greg will do whatever it takes to ensure UVSC’s mission to help cancer fighters live on is fulfilled.
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