Hawaii Pacific Health Donor Reports 2014 - Page 18

BECAUSE OF YOU... A caregiver continues to touch lives Mary Wilkerson touched many lives as a medical-surgical and chemotherapy nurse at Pali Momi Medical Center. Her legacy of caring for patients with cancer lives on in memoriam through a scholarship funded by her hospital family. The collective gifts from Pali Momi doctors, nurses, employees and friends made it possible to fund the Mary Wilkerson Memorial Scholarship Program for at least 10 years. The scholarship is awarded eac h May during Nurses’ Week to Pali Momi employees who wish to pursue oncology nursing certification. Recipients display the characteristics that Wilkerson embodied and believed were important for a nurse, such as being passionate, compassionate, respectful, professional, helpful and accountable. “I work with patients every day who have been affected by cancer,” said Balbino Canoy, a medicalsurgical nurse at Pali Momi who worked with Wilkerson, and is the first recipient of the scholarship. “With my oncology certification, I want to be able to help them better cope with the process at every stage of their treatment.” Kaua‘i’s children are cared for close to home Every September, members and staff at Kaua‘i Community Federal Credit Union (KCFCU) gear up for a time-honored tradition—an annual charity golf tournament benefitting Wilcox Memorial Hospital. KCFCU has hosted this event for 14 years, raising more than $250,000 over the years, to support pediatric programs and services for hospitalized keiki treated at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. For KCFCU leaders and members, the gift is especially important, because 100 percent of every dollar donated stays on Kaua‘i to help keiki and their families. “I work with patients every day who have been affected by cancer.” Neighbor island families feel the aloha BALBINO CANOY Medical-Surgical Nurse, Pali Momi Through a special partnership, a $100,000 gift to Hawai‘i Public Radio developed into one million HawaiianMiles that help neighbor island families in need fly to O‘ahu to be with their loved ones who are under care at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children. (From L to R) Hawaiian Airlines President & CEO Mark Dunkerley; owner and President of DGM Group, and HPR donor Richard Gushman; President & General Manager of Hawai‘i Public Radio Michael Titterton and Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children CEO Martha Smith. Photo courtesy HPR 16 17