Posted on | November 19, 2010 | Comments Off
Local philanthropist Betty Funayama has established the Warren T. Funayama Endowed Fund at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center in memory of her late husband Warren. Her $100,000 gift will help strengthen promising research in the areas of breast, liver and kidney cancer and ultimately translate into better cancer treatment and care for the people of Hawaiʻi.
“Warren came from humble beginnings. It is through his hard and dedicated work that I am able to make this gift,” says Funayama. “He was a generous and compassionate man who always wanted to help those who were less fortunate by supporting many charities and community organizations. He would be pleased to know that through this endowment he will help find a cure for cancer and improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with the disease.”
Maui native Warren Tsugio Funayama graduated from Baldwin High School in 1954 and Mānoa with a degree in banking and finance and a minor in economics in 1961. He became a certified financial planner, chartered life underwriter and an investment adviser representative, eventually earning the distinction of Life Member in the financial service industry’s Million Dollar Round Table.
“This gift from Betty Funayama is particularly meaningful because the areas she wants to impact are also the cancers that are most prevalent here in Hawaiʻi,” says Michele Carbone, director of the cancer center. “Her gift will help us advance our efforts to take cutting-edge science into the clinic where it benefits patients.”
“Great community partners like Betty Funayama are crucial to advancing Cancer Center research that will save lives here in Hawai‘i and beyond,” says Virginia Hinshaw, Mānoa chancellor.