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Honolulu Firefighters to run for Kapiolani cancer patients

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By Jon Rombaoa

Honolulu Firefighters will feel the heat and show their support for the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children by running the Great Aloha Run in full fire gear, on February 16. 

Team captains Kama Ortiz and Jaimie Kinard are leading the fundraising efforts of two Kapiolani cancer patients, Trucker Dukes and Kala Peter. The funds raised will go to Kapiolani's pediatric oncology program. 

“These two boys are putting up a brave fight against cancer and they are our heroes,” Kinard said. “What we as firefighters do pales in comparison to what Trucker and Kala are going through."

Although the fire gear can weigh anywhere from 45 to 75 pounds, Ortiz and Kinard are more than happy to bear the weight for their little heroes.

“We consider it a privilege to don our fire gear and run the eight-mile race for these kids and all the other keiki who are battling cancer,” added Ortiz.

19-month-old Trucker, whose father is a Maui firefighter, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma in November 2014. Videogame lover Kala, a 10-year-old from Ewa Beach, was diagnosed during the summer of 2014 with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The firefighters hope to raise $5,000 through their efforts for Kapi‘olani. 

For more information or to donate online, visitfirstgiving.com/fundraiser/runforkeiki/fire.

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