American Cancer Society Announces Relay For Life of Magic Island

Leland Kim
Leland Kim

HONOLULU (KHNL- K5) - Sunday night's Buzz Shot is of Roz Makaula (front right), executive director of the American Cancer Society Honolulu field office, with the tri-chairs for the 14th annual Relay for Life of Magic Island taking place July 14 and 15. Standing: Colleen Hironaka, Desiree Somera, and sitting Corinne Cambonga.

Island residents and visitors will walk around the clock from sun down to sun up to fight cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Magic Island. Teams of enthusiastic citizens - including one from KHNL headed up by our own reporter Leland Kim- will gather at Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park for an overnight Relay to join the fight against cancer from 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2007 until 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2007.

Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life - including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers - to join together to fight cancer. Relay For Life reminds us that progress has been made in the fight against cancer and that everyone who participates is making a difference.

Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) walk or use a wheelchair complete the first lap. A festive atmosphere develops around the track. As walkers make new friends and spend time with old ones, the Relay heats up and the camp-out begins. An atmosphere of camaraderie is created with team members entertaining each other:  eating, playing games and, of course, walking for a great cause.

This year's theme is Magic Island goes Hollywood. Teams are encouraged to decorate their campsites and dress in themed attire depicting their favorite movie or big screen actor. Be a star and create your own Hollywood team, participate as a cancer survivor, a team member, sponsor or volunteer. Information about how to become involved in Relay For Life of Magic Island is available from the American Cancer Society Honolulu Field Office by calling 595-7544 or log on to

We'd love to have more teams sign up to raise money, and we'd love to have cancer survivors register and be a part of the survivors activities for the evening which include dinner catered by Big City Diner.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.