Maui Health Foundation has officially launched its October breast cancer awareness campaign and annual fundraiser, Kokua For A Cause, which helps provide screening mammograms to women on Maui who are uninsured or underinsured and unable to afford the potentially life-saving exam.
"Kokua for a Cause (K4C) is a really important campaign for our community as a whole," said Melinda Sweany, who leads Maui Health's Foundation as Chief Development Officer. "Statistics have shown that screening mammograms can save lives by diagnosing breast cancer early, thus requiring less extensive treatment that then produces better outcomes."
Since 2005, Maui Health Foundation has helped provide over $354,000 in critical cancer screenings for over 1,000 women on Maui. This year, the non-profit organization has set a goal of raising enough funds through Kokua For A Cause to provide mammograms to at least 100 women in need on the island.
"From small and large businesses, to our own Maui Health employees and Foundation members, and individual donations in every amount, the support has been nothing short of amazing," said Sweany. "But we still need more help to reach our goal."
"What we want people to know is that every donation made to Kokua For A Cause stays on this island. Many other breast cancer campaigns support our state, and some even get shared nationally. But our community can be sure that their donations are guaranteed to help a beloved mother, daughter, sister, or friend, on Maui," she said.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses. Individuals who would like to support K4C can shop or dine at a Kokua For A Cause Pink Partner location, form a Pink Ribbon Team to collect enough donations to pay for a mammogram ($200), or make an individual donation.
Pink Partners are businesses who have agreed to donate a portion of their sales to K4C for the month of October, and include Betty's Beach Café, Café O'Lei, Cupcake Ladies Catering Co, Essential Oils Maui, Jersey Mike's Subs, Ocean Jazz Jewelry, Panda Express, Rose Lash Boutique, and The Mill House Maui. Additional partners are being added each week through October 31. For an updated list as well as additional ways to support, visit mauihospitalfoundation.org/kokua/.
About Maui Health Foundation
Maui Health Foundation is dedicated to the philanthropic support of the Maui Health hospitals. Our Foundation works hand in hand with Maui Health to be a lifeline for our patients by supporting patient care, advancing programs and technology, and creating healing environments for all who walk through our doors. Your donations support the health of our islands' communities as well as Maui Health employees and can include gifts of cash, property or securities, corporate grants, bequests, and employer matching contributions. For more information visit MauiHospitalFoundation.org.
About Maui Health
Maui Health (aka Maui Health System), community hospitals and clinics affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lānaʻi Community Hospital, and associated clinics, and serves the people of Maui and Lānaʻi. The facilities under Maui Health are open to all patients regardless of health insurance coverage. Maui Health is committed to delivering high quality, affordable, patient-centered health care and improving the health of the community. Maui Health is supported by Kaiser Permanente's industry-leading technology, evidence-based medicine, and nationally recognized care quality. For more information, visit mauihealthsystem.org.