Inspired by an isle teen’s feat of physical endurance, and the reason behind it, a Hilo first-grader has launched her own coin crusade for the American Cancer Society.
Keaukaha Elementary student Nalani Chavez-Borges, the daughter of Angie Chaves and Nalu Borges, calls it a “Coins for Cancer Drive,” and invites folks of all ages to stop by her table at Hilo Walmart between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturdays, Nov. 9 and 16, and drop off coins for the benefit.
Anyone wanting to support the project, thereby helping kids with cancer and their families, is invited to call 959-9688 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Nalani was in awe to learn about how 17-year-old Leahi Camacho was able to swim the 26-mile Kaiwi Channel,” said Grandmother Piilani Borges. “Leahi’s inspiration was 3-year-old Hazel Hammersely, who is going through chemotherapy.
“When Nalani realized there were many kids like Hazel going through cancer treatment, she wanted to be able to help them and their families,” said her tutu.