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Hospice Volunteer Gives Hope

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By: Mary Simms

(KHNL)-A terminal diagnosis doesn't leave much room for hope. But there's hope at St. Francis.

"A lot of people think that hospice is about dying, said Hospice Executive Director Joy Yadao. "And of course it is a special time in someone's life, at the end of life. But hospice is really about living. It's about living until you die."

19 years ago Joyce Yoshino's husband passed away while he was a hospice patient.

"It was difficult at times, but I knew that he was going to die," said Yoshino.

Out of her loss, she gained a new family

"I know I can call any one of them if I need anything and they will be there for me."

Now she's giving back to the place that gave her so much.

"What's keeping me going is my heart," said Momi Cablinga, a hospice patient. "I know eventually I'm going to go. But I'm ready anytime. I'm not afraid."

If you would like to volunteer at the St. Francis Hospice, contact Sallyanne Pekelo at (808) 595-7566.

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