December 2, 2016 1:37 PM
Here is an update from October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
Mid-Pacific's baseball 'ohana stepped out in full force on October 22 at Making Strides of Hawaii's annual breast cancer walk at Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Park. Raising over $7,800 in donations, the baseball group was the 2nd highest participating team for total donations raised - an impressive feat considering several of the other 199 teams were large corporate groups.
A total of 160 participants came out to represent the Mid-Pacific Baseball & Friends team. Players, alumni, families and friends created the largest group of walkers at Saturday's event. This was the first year the group participated under the Mid-Pacific Baseball banner. Last year, they were invited to join a team put together by a 2016 varsity player's family business, Brett Hill Construction, Inc. Subsequently, the cause hit close to home after learning that one of their own baseball 'ohana, Leni Ginoza, mother of player Aaron Ginoza '17, was diagnosed with the disease. We are thankful her cancer is now in remission. Leni notes the importance of early detection.
The entire $118,311, raised by the 2,000+ participants of this year's Making Strides of Hawaii walk, will enable the American Cancer Society to invest in groundbreaking breast cancer research, raise awareness and provide free services to those diagnosed with the disease.
Parent co-leaders, Janine Rapozo and Claire Aniya, would like to see this as an annual experience for the boys and their families. They said: "We hope the boys understand what a positive impact they made as a group ... and learn the value of giving back to the community."