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KCS junior shares his story and raises funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

May 03, 2019
By KCS Staff

Junior Kala'i Fisher is embracing the challenge to raise funds and awareness for an illness that has hit close to home. Last summer, his sister and KCS alum, Kanoe Fisher '16, was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), a rare form of blood cancer. The internal nature of the disease has been an eye-opener for Kala'i and the rest of his family, as they experience the magnitude of everyday life with someone battling CML.

Inspired by Kanoe's positive attitude and the possibility of finding a cure, Kala'i joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Student of the Year series. Making its debut in Hawaii this year, the Student of the Year program challenges students to work together for seven weeks, garnering the support of local businesses, individuals, and organizations, in order to meet their team fundraising goal. Kala'i has partnered with students from other schools to form the "Fight for Smiles" team, which set a goal of raising $15,000 for LLS. They have already surpassed that goal ahead of the May 17 end date.

Through this experience, Kala'i is learning how to "put himself out there" when approaching businesses and companies for support. He reflects, "Don't be afraid to ask." The strong value of 'ohana in Hawaii has also made a lasting impression on him. Kala'i looks forward to forming his own team next year with his KCS classmates, continuing to make an impact in the fight against CML.