Sharnell Onaga Was The Poster Mom For Hawaii's Bone Marrow Registry

Duston Onaga
Duston Onaga

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Onaga died, but her legacy as a fighter will continue to live on. She refused chemotherapy that could have saved her life because she was concerned it would endanger her unborn daughter's life.

Hundreds came to say goodbye to Sharnell Onaga, who gave up her own life to bring new life into the world. Her daughter Sarah was born just four months ago.

"What Sharnell did for her last 7 months, it was something that you don't expect, she's fighting leukemia, she's fighting for her life, what i think i can express that to Sarah is that her mother never gave up hope, never quit fighting, that was important," said brother-in-law Duston Onaga.

Those who knew Onaga shed tears which at times turned to smiles when family members spoke of good times, and how Sharnell had touched their lives.

"They cried but they also laughed, and we remembered and that's the important part."

Onaga was the symbol of a real fighter who always put others before herself even when she was in a fight for her life.

"She never did say feel sorry for me she was always a fighter from the beginning to the end."

Onaga never wavered in her beliefs, and the ones that loved her hope her battle serves as an inspiration to those who are in similar situations.

"I just encourage the people which had stepped up in the midst of our crisis to continue the support for the drives for bone marrow and it's definitely important there are many, many families like me in the same situation and they need this type of support," said husband clifton Onaga.

If you would like to help the Onaga family a fund has been set up. You can send tax deductible donations to the Friends for Sharnell Onaga fund. The address is P.O. Box 700814, Kapolei, HI 96709.