Jan’s Fans Are Ready For A Fight — Al­ways

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Front Page - By CAROL CHANG

Kailua’s Re­lay for Life is still two months away, but the Jan’s Fans team has been work­ing hard all year — for nine years, in fact — to raise cancer-fight­ing funds.

Com­prised of about 60 Oahu fam­i­lies mostly in Kailua and four gen­er­a­tions of the late Jan Brod­er­ick’s friends and ohana, Jan’s Fans con­tinue to honor her and al­ways are ready for a cancer fight. Their next move is to have a garage sale from 7 a.m. to noon this Satur­day at 138 Kailulu Way. Ev­ery­one is in­vited to come by, make a do­na­tion and leave with a few choice items. Or join the team. Or vol­un­teer for a task. Or ded­i­cate a lu­mi­naria. The team’s garage sales over the years have put more than $4,000 into the lo­cal chap­ter of Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety. Be­yond that, the team is proud of its over­all con­tri­bu­tion since 2005 of about $175,000, and also proud of its motto, “Love All Around.”

“When Jan was di­ag­nosed with ovar­ian cancer, right af­ter that we came to­gether, and it’s just gone on more ef­fec­tively since then,” said Krista Cole, a team mem­ber who was friends with the Brod­er­icks’ daugh­ters at Aikahi El­e­men­tary. “I’m not a ring­leader of this,” she

was quick to add, point­ing to Jan’s close friend Margie DeJour­nett, who co­or­di­nates each yearly cam­paign.

A Real­tor, busi­ness­woman, teacher, wife, mother and tutu, Brod­er­ick suc­cumbed to cancer in April of 2006 at age 61, but not be­fore she par­tic­i­pated in Jan’s Fans’ first Kailua Re­lay for Life. Ac­cord­ing to daugh­ter Kristi, mem­bers also ex­tend their care to oth­ers in the group who have ac­quired the dis­ease over the years. She was “the lit­tle lady with the great big smile and a ra­di­ance that touched many,” she said.

The re­lay it­self be­gins at 6 p.m. July 12 at Kailua High School. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 595-7500 or visit http://main.ac­sev­ents.org/goto/kailu­a­jans­fans.

Aun­tie Alice Hewett and Kahu Aaron Mahi are greeted by Ka­neohe Lit­tle League April 5 at Heeia Com­mu­nity Park af­ter the soft­ball field ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony in her honor. For more im­ages of the spe­cial day, see Page 8. Photo by Anthony Con­sil­lio, acon­sil­lio@mid­week.com.

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