“Aloha, my name is Danilo Aseo. I’m a 70 year-old immigrant (from the Philippines) that was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer at the end of last year. My wife and I have been in Hawaiʻi for over 10 years now. For the past 10 years, I worked in the agriculture industry. I was a farmer and enjoyed working on the outdoors. Unfortunately, due to my ill health, I haven’t been able to perform much of what I used to enjoy. I have been out of work since November of 2023, which placed us in a difficult financial situation.
Fortunately, I’ve met positive and generous individuals during my treatment which made this journey less frightening. I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to UVCS for providing us financial assistance. Thank you again for all your hard work and for always being on top of things. We truly appreciate you. 

And for those who are experiencing hardships in their cancer journey… Know that there’s people willing to help. Continue to have hope and keep fighting.”

In addition to managing Danilo’s cancer, he and his wife experienced additional financial hardship as a result of the Lahaina fires when the farm they worked for cut back their hours due to lack of tourism. In addition, the couple was suddenly evicted from their residence due to their landlord being foreclosed on. They were able to find temporary lodging with other family members until securing another rental a few months ago, but are still struggling due to reliance on a partial single income while Danilo is in treatment. UVSC has been able to provide rental assistance to ensure that Danilo and his wife/caregiver have safe and stable housing as he continues his cancer treatment and recovery.