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Chris Pablo gets a hero's farewell

Audy Kimura Audy Kimura
Sandy Pablo Sandy Pablo
Robin Campaniano Robin Campaniano

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU, (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds of people showed up at St. Andrews Cathedral Friday night to attend a memorial service for Chris Pablo, a champion in the fight against cancer who succumbed to the disease 14 years after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Pablo made it his mission in life to raise cancer awareness, expand the bone marrow registry, lobby for laws to benefit patients, and personally comfort people stricken by cancer.

"He gave from the heart without limit regardless of who you were, where you came from, what you did. It was just because he felt that he was obligated as a cancer survivor to help anyone and everyone he could," said longtime friend Audy Kimura.

"Chris was the embodiment of hope," said Jackie Young, Chief Staff Officer with the American Cancer Society. "And even through we know he died from cancer, he knew how to live with cancer. He spent the 13 years he had since he was diagnosed with cancer reaching out to people telling them about what needed to be done ... advocating for laws that would make our lives better."

"Chris' legacy is that of giving back to others and not expecting anything in return. He was very sincere about that," said close friend Robin Campaniano.

U.S. Senators Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye, U.S. Congressman Neil Abercrombie, state lawmakers, members of the Honolulu City Council, leaders in the business community, and medical professionals all stopped by St. Andrews Cathedral to pay their respects Friday.

"They're all here because he made such an impression on everyone he knew and left such a legacy for the community and for our three sons," said Pablo's widow Sandy.

Chris Pablo was 59.

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