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Relay For Life

Community superheroes walk for cancer cure.

June 28, 2012
Trisha Smith , The Maui Weekly

Cancer affects us all. Whether it's a close family member, friend or associate, or a tale that moved your soul, cancer has touched our lives.

From the neighborhood that came together to raise funds for a struggling community member and the single mom that worked tirelessly to pay for her child's treatments when insurance failed, to the little girl who shaved her head to support a school friend, individuals from all walks of life have found creative ways to battle our nation's ongoing war against cancer.

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember the loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

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Cancer cleanse. Maui residents Gina Ursua (right), Malia Cockett (left) and Doreen Forsberg of Team Labor Ready found a unique way to raise money and awareness for this year’s Relay For Life event on Saturday, June 30, at War Memorial Stadium. For a donation of $25, a purple toilet is placed on the yard of your choosing--even the mayor’s lawn sported one recently. After two days, the home can have the porcelain lawn décor removed for a $15 donation, and placed elsewhere in efforts to “flush away cancer.” Contact the team at 877-7886 or 463-2222 for more information.

According to the Hawai'i site at, over 4,700 people across the isles are diagnosed with cancer each year, and 2,000 island residents will die from it. Although rates are declining, cancer still remains one of the top killers in America each year, exceeded only by heart disease. Cancer is the leading cause of death for Asian American and Pacific Islander families, and schoolchildren in Hawai'i die of cancer more than any other disease.

Take a step to fight cancer at this year's overnight walking event during the Relay For Life in Central Maui on Saturday, June 30, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the War Memorial Stadium.

According to, over 3.5 million people in more than 5,000 U.S. communities, along with additional areas in over 20 other countries, gather annually to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

Teams of families, friends, church members, business associates and more unite, all with the same goal to conquer cancer. This year's theme is "Superheroes." Since cancer never sleeps, teams of walkers have been asked to keep a constant presence on the track overnight, walking in shifts to raise funds.

There's a place for everyone at all Relay For Life events. Each dollar raised will help save lives. If you can't participate on the track, then just come to support the walkers and hang out. It's always an enjoyable time of community camaraderie filled with food, games and entertainment, as well as additional fundraising opportunities.

Start a team, join a team or participate as a survivor--there are many ways to donate to find a cure and "celebrate survivorship." Funds raised during Relay For Life help support ACS's mission of "eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back."

At press time, June 30's relay in Central Maui has signed up 689 participants and 77 teams that have raised $47,832 thus far.

So, lace up those old sneakers and join in Maui's latest Relay For Life event at the War Memorial soccer field this Saturday. Events are open to the public with free admission, and general donations are always appreciated.

Be a part of the success story this year during Relay For Life and take a step towards finding a cure.

Learn more at or call the Maui chapter of the American Cancer Society at (808) 244-5553.



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