Fundraiser sup­ports can­cer re­source cen­ter in Kona

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY - By LAURA RU­MIN­SKI Email Laura Ru­min­ski at lru­min­ski@west­hawai­ito­day.com.

KAILUA-KONA — Su­per­heros and vil­lains, food, mu­sic, mas­sages, hair­cuts, a silent auc­tion and more came to the Makaeo Events Pavil­ion Satur­day at Old Kona Air­port Park for the 10th an­nual Com­mu­nity Cares Fundraiser.

Event or­ga­nizer Tiana Stein­berg, owner of Tiana’s Avon and Wigs in the Old In­dus­trial Area, hosts the fundraiser ev­ery Jan­uary to help raise money to sup­ply the Com­mu­nity Cares Can­cer Re­source Cen­ter and Wig Closet in her shop.

“Can­cer pa­tients re­quest items, but we need funds to sup­ply them,” Stein­berg said. “This is the way we get the funds.

“We are mak­ing sure gals and guys are aware that our fa­cil­ity is here. With that in mind, when they get here we want to make sure we have some­thing to of­fer them.

“We are some­times left out of the equa­tion with can­cer. With can­cer, the jour­ney takes away body strength and health, and on top of that it takes their hair. Many women have told me that they would rather have their breasts taken than lose their hair.”

In ad­di­tion to fundrais­ing, local or­ga­ni­za­tions set up booths as a com­mu­nity out­reach.

Ger­ald Lu­cena has vol­un­teered dur­ing the fundraiser for three years.

“I love Tiana, She re­ally works hard for the com­mu­nity,” he said. “She gives from the heart, and I like help­ing peo­ple who do. This is how com­mu­ni­ties sur­vive. It brings peo­ple to­gether.”

A spe­cial mes­sage from Gov. David Ige was read by Abby Au:

“The Can­cer Re­source Cen­ter closes the gap cre­ated by the clos­ing of West Hawaii’s Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety. It is the only re­source left for can­cer pa­tients in West Hawaii.” The mes­sage went on to praise Stein­berg for her ef­forts the past 10 years.

Comic book artist Bryan Rev­ell of Hilo shared his art dur­ing the event.

“I wanted to come and sup­port the cause,” he said. “I like do­ing draw­ing for cures be­cause I lost my dad to can­cer.”

Stein­berg said the fundraiser also sup­ports the phi­los­o­phy, “If I look good, I feel bet­ter.”

“I’ve had pa­tients come in (to the Can­cer Re­source Cen­ter) walk­ing with a cane,” she said. “When they put a wig on that they love, they leave the cane there on their way out. Those are chicken-skin mo­ments.

“That and the smiles. That’s ev­ery­thing.”

LAURA RU­MIN­SKI/ West Hawaii To­day

Kris­ten Younges gives a mas­sage to a pa­tron at the 10th an­nual Com­mu­nity Cares fundraiser.

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