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April 7, 2016

Think About It: Cancer Care Call

Like many or most of you, I have experienced the horrors of cancer up close. I have seen far too much of it far too often. I have seen people far too young, too vital, too close to me, too engaged in life to sometimes suffer for far too long. I have seen miraculous comebacks, too. I have seen people with new views of life and humanity after going through the trauma. I have seen the often times stunning tangential effect on family members and friends, both physical and emotional.

And so I throw my name onto the list of people hoping that the University of Hawaii Cancer Center can nurse itself back to health through leadership, better strategies, more secure funding, and ultimately some startling and groundbreaking discoveries. We can't afford to lose good technical people here who question the future of this Kaka`ako institution. Likewise, we can't afford to not have good people come here to do their work because of concerns about where things are headed. We don't have enough opportunities to be world leaders on major issues in Hawaii. Just take a look at what's going on with the Thirty Meter Telescope as another hot spot on places or areas in which we can shine on an international stage.

Unlike the TMT, cancer research really should have no controversy. The big thing preventing our cancer center from flourishing is the lack of an aggressive, realistic, and fiscally sound plan, with all hands on deck to make it work- public and private sectors, and then we need to ensure that the right people are leading the center. Maybe they're in-house, maybe not. People often talk about fighting cancer. Let's not lose this fight to fight cancer locally, please. This one really is a life or death issue. Think about it…

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