Waianae Cancer Survivor Spreads Message of Hope

Flo Pell
Flo Pell
Jennifer Grantham
Jennifer Grantham

WAIANAE (KHNL) - In this edition of "Random Acts of Kindness", we meet an inspirational, breast cancer survivor, from Waianae.

Flo Pell volunteers her time to share her personal story and to spread the word about early detection in hopes of saving lives.

The Waianae resident is a long-time volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Her motivation for volunteering, is intimate.

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and a year later I entered another program for the American Cancer Society called 'Reach to Recovery' where I make home visits to women who experience the same type of cancer that I had," says Pell.

Flo has a target audience.

The latest numbers show, here in the islands, Hawaiian women still have the highest number of breast cancer cases.

"My big goal is to spread the word down the Waianae coast, to the Hawaiian people, to get them to go have medical care and to reach out and go early enough," explains Pell.

"Flo is very dynamic," says American Cancer Society Branch executive director, Jennifer Grantham. "She's very exciting to work with. She's a teacher, a mentor a coach."

"I find it quite rewarding and I think my presence and my longevity, from the time I was diagnosed, has a great deal of hope for the women that I do visit," says Pell

And, in the words of the great Roman, Cicero: "Where there's life -- There's hope."