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Celebrating CoolingCancer’s donation, from left, Jerris Hedges, Drew Santos, Shirley Santos, Charlie Young, Pat Blanchette, Marcus Tius and James Turkson.

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center celebrated’s $45,000 gift raised with proceeds from a golf tournament that took place over the Labor Day weekend.

“Over the last three years, this energetic, determined group has donated a total of $100,000 to support cancer research at the UH Cancer Center,” said Jerris Hedges, interim UH Cancer Center director. “Their support is making a difference for our researchers who are working hard to find ways to prevent and cure cancer, a devastating diagnosis that affects so many in our community. We are most grateful.”

Said Andrew Santos, president of, “In one year I watched my father and my co-worker’s mother die of cancer. At the same time, another employee was fighting brain cancer while another’s wife in her early forties battled breast cancer. I realized that cancer was all around me and it was cutting short the lives of people I love. I had to do something.

“I chose to support the UH Cancer Center after learning that it is a world-class facility with outstanding researchers right here in Hawaiʻi,” Santos continued. “What better way to help than to raise money from Hawaiʻi residents and companies and then keep it in Hawaiʻi and support the local fight against cancer.”

More on CoolingCancer.og is a non-profit organization established in October 2013 to raise money for cancer research and patients in Hawaiʻi. It was created by Admor HVAC Products Inc., one of Hawaiʻi’s largest distributors of air conditioning equipment and accessories—hence the “Cooling Cancer” name.

A UH Foundation news release

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