The first $500 stipend given out from the ACE Holiday Fundraiser donation was awarded to Mrs. Annie Lealaitafea of Nuuuli. She was diagnosed with inoperable cervical cancer this January in Hawai'i at the Queen's Cancer Center. Accepting the patient stipend on behalf of her mother is Ms. Nelda Emory (pictured). Ms.
For the last few years, the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition has been fortunate to partner with ACE American Industries Inc, 4th Annual Angel Holiday Project. Each year the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition provides stipends of $500 to those afflicted with cancer. For those individuals diagnosed with cancer in American Samoa, there is relatively little to no treatment that can be done here on island. “Access to care is minimal here in American Samoa,” commented Dr. Victor Tofaeono Williams, Advisory Board Member for the Cancer Coalition. “Most patients need to travel off island to be diagnosed, and to receive treatment. Cancer care is expensive.”
The American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition (ASCCC) awarded a $500 financial stipend to the mother of Micah Tusaga, diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, liver cancer in September 2010. Mrs. Osania Tausaga was presented the stipend by Salilo “Julia” Foifua, MSW Patient Navigator for the American Samoa Comprehensive Cancer Network. Micah has been receiving treatment at Kapiolani Children & Women’s Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Press Release - After a memorable celebration during the holidays, the season of giving continues at the Ace Hardware Store in Malaeimi as they contributed a sizable donation to the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition (ASCCC).
A cancer stipend award of $500 was presented by Faasegi Caldwell of the Cancer Survivor's Support Group to Valasi Tea of Fagasa. Ms Tea is 14-years-old and she was diagnosed with lymphoma at LBJ. She went to Hawaii and she was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2008. She had chemotherapy and radiation treatment in Hawaii.
Valasi is here to visit her father and family and will return to Hawaii next week for her follow-up check. She is having monthly chemotherapy treatment at Queens hospital in Hawaii.
Funds for these stipends are donations from the business community
The American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition, a non profit local organization dedicated to the welfare of patients diagnosed with cancer, recently partnered with Hawaiian Airlines to provide travel assistance to a patient recently diagnosed with cancer. An airline ticket was donated by Hawaiian Airlines during the ASCCC’s 2008 Mardi Gras Event. The winner of the Mardi Gras Event, Mr. Brett Butler, gifted the ticket back to provide assistance for any cancer patient that needed travel off island.
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