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Kosianjra is 18 years old and was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in May 2023 as she was nearing completion of her senior year at Kamehameha Schools on Maui. Kosianjra was living with her mother, Tamara, and younger brother at the time. Shortly after that, the cost of rent was increased significantly by the family’s […]

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Madoka Franklin

My name is Madoka Franklin. I am a wife and mother of two beautiful children and live in Lanai. My family went through medical issues in 2022 and I was their care giver. After my family members had recovered, I was diagnosed stage 2 breast cancer when I had my annual mammogram in March 2023.

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Iluminada Sinogo

Iluminada’s name means "illuminated" or "enlightenment" and she has been her family’s guiding light since day one. At the current age of 78, Iluminada is a mother to four children, a grandmother to nine grandchildren, and a great grandmother to a great grand-daughter. Affectionately known as "Mama," she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2007 and has endured several treatments including thyroid removal surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and drug therapy.

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James Clover Bitzer

James was recently diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma with an MIBG positive diagnosis. However there is hope at Sloan Kettering in New York, nearly 5,000 miles from Hawaii. UVSC stands beside them to help provide that much needed strength and hope as they split their time between Hawaii and the East Coast and take on this daunting task and heavy costs.  

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In July 2022, Hala'i developed a lingering fever, stomach pains and began to limp and was later diagnosed with Neuroblastoma after a mass was detected between her right kidney and spine. Despite all of the discomfort our Hala'i has endured in the last several months, she still lights up the room with her beautiful smile and joyful spirit.

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Kahalau Au Hoon

Kahalau is an adorable 3 year old from Maui who was diagnosed with stage 3 Neuroblastoma in June 2017. Little Kahalau is currently undergoing Chemotherapy treatment and fortunately is responding well. She is gaining strength and fighting hard, while impressing everyone daily with her positive attitude.

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Tekaurinuiotekaupapawaka Kaʻuluku Hideo Tanaka

In December of 2020, Tekauri’s mom and dad noticed a lazy eye and took Tekauri to get glasses but that did not seem to help little Tekauri. While Tekauri was in the hospital in January of 2021, an MRI revealed a large tumor located in Tekauri’s brain stem. Tekauri and his mom were immediately transported via medivac to Kapiolani Hospital on Oahu where two days later Tekauri underwent surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. Tekauri has since begun his 11 month maintenance chemotherapy plan and is receiving treatment on Oahu at Kapiolani.

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James Gonzalez-Wesley

James Gonzalez-Wesley is a sweet, affectionate 4 year old boy with a playful laugh and dimples that bring a smile and joy to everyone he meets. His parents noticed James was not gaining weight and after a blood test confirmed possible cancer, he was diagnosed with b-ALL Leukemia on 1/21/20. James is on an intensive chemotherapy regimen that involves 5 chemo drugs and although weak from treatment, still manages moments of humor and tender sweetness.

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Ally Tamayose

My name is Ally Tamayose, I’m 16 years old and I'm from Pearl City, Hawaii. I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in my left femur in January 2018. In that same year I underwent nine months of chemotherapy and had a limb-salvage surgery. Currently, I just completed my first round of my new medication and SBRT to my lungs. These past 4 years have taught me a lot about cherishing life, having hope and staying positive. All of which helps me continue to fight cancer.

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Tavin Hashimoto

Tavin Hashimoto was a nine year old living in Kula, Maui with his parents and two younger siblings. In March of 2017 the family was devastated to learn that young Tavin had Acute Myeloid Leukemia, an aggressive form of leukemia. After Tavin’s cancer went into remission in October 2017, the family received the unfortunate news that Tavin’s cancer had returned.

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Christa Wittmier: A Honolulu Legend

Christa Wittmier, a Honolulu legend, was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer in May of 2015. She fought hard and was soon cleared of cancer, however, a year later it returned more aggressively as Stage IV breast cancer and moved to different parts of her body.

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Blythe Tai-Arthur

Blythe was a full-time single mother to four young sons, Kohdy (12), Kayzn (4), Kaleb (3), and Keanu (1), with whom she loved taking on beach adventures. Blythe’s health took a turn when she had her gallbladder removed in the summer of 2021, when doctor’s misdiagnosed a gallstone. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a tumor. A week later, Blythe was diagnosed with stage 3 gallbladder cancer, a very unpredictable, rare, and aggressive type of cancer.

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Trucker Dukes

Trucker Dukes, the youngest son of Maui fire fighter Joshua Dukes and Maui jewelry maker Shauna Dukes, was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer that spread to 50% of his body. The 3 year old has an older sister and two older brothers and had been undergoing painful cancer treatments almost his entire life.

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