Day of Hope Raises $54K for Fight Against Cancer

April 13, 2017, 9:10 AM HST · Updated April 13, 9:12 AM
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Left to Right Back Row: Mark Hicks, Karen Costner, Amanda Price, Jean Claude Wietzel, Nancy La Joy, Martin Dell, Madeline Pappas
Left to Right Front Row: Ashlyn Melcher, Alissa Baptist

An estimated $54,000 was raised during the 2016 Day of Hope fundraiser held in November at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the resort presented checks to the Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children and Pacific Cancer Foundation, with the funds to be used primarily to benefit local patients.

The Resort’s Day of Hope, held annually, is a 10K / 5K run-and-walk event that is the culmination of year-around efforts by employee volunteers to aid in the fight against cancer.

The funds raised was split between the two organizations mentioned above as well as American Cancer Society.

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On hand to the accept the checks, presented by Regional Vice President and General Manager Jean Claude Wietzel and Resort Manager Martin Dell, were Amanda Price, Director of Annual Giving at Foundations of Hawaiʻi Pacific Health, Kapi‘olani; and Nancy La Joy, Executive Director at Pacific Cancer Foundation. Also present were members of the Resort’s 2016 Day Hope committee: Karen Costner, Mark Hicks, Madeline Pappas, and Alissa Baptist.

The Resort’s Director of Recreation’s daughter, 11-year-old Ashlyn Melcher, who was born at Kapi‘olani Medical Center with a rare lung disease and spent the first 99 days of her life in the NICU joined the group as well. Her family attributes her miraculous survival to her doctors and nurses.

This year’s Day of Hope event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

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