The Young Leaders Board of Make-A-Wish Hawaii hosted its second annual Waffles for Wishes brunch at Ward Village Courtyard. The morning featured food, a Bloody Mary bar and entertainment from Super CW. Proceeds help the nonprofit organization grant the wishes of keiki who have life-threatening medical conditions.
Alyssa wished to attend medical school at UH Mānoa to give her hope and a goal to work toward. The John A. Burns School of Medicine held a special honorary white coat ceremony for Alyssa, and former UH basketball player and current first-year medical student (MD 2020) Sai Tummala presented her with a basketball signed by his classmates.
The 15-year-old from Texas has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer. University of Hawaii medical students weren't the only ones with a surprise for the teen. Alyssa also got to hang out and shoot hoops with UH Wahine basketball players. After that, Alyssa, who also has an interest in medicine, got to meet medical students - and took part in an honorary white coat ceremony.
It was a Texas teenager's dream to attend medical school at the Unviersity of Hawaii. The UH Pep Band and Rainbow Dancers surprised 15-year-old Alyssa with a rally at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Make-A-Wish program granted Alyssa’s wish to attend the John A. Burns School of Medicine, so she could one day become a doctor and help people like her who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.
Cheers and the sounds of “Hawaiʻi Five-O” filled the entrance to the Stan Sheriff Center, as University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students, faculty and staff, including the Pep Band, Rainbow Dancers and athletic teams, greeted 15-year-old Alyssa. The Make-A-Wish teen from Texas had been diagnosed with bone cancer and UH welcomed her with aloha. As part of her wish, the avid basketball fan also got to spend some quality time with UH Wahine basketball players.
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The Hyatt Regency hosts the Good Taste Culinary Competition Series, where up-and-coming talent compete to be top chef at an event to benefit wish kids of Make-A-Wish Hawaii. Chef de Cuisine Jon Matsubara of Japengo Waikiki and Chef de Cuisine Gevin Utrillo of Japengo Maui appear on Hawaii News Now for a preview of the culinary creations to come.
The Make-A-Wish organization grants special experiences for Hoosier children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Every month, CBS4 shares a story about a Hoosier family impacted by Make-A-Wish. When Jacobson got back from her trip, she still had money left from Make-A-Wish. Instead of spending it, she donated $800 back to the organization to help fund other children's wish experiences.
Make-A-Wish Hawaii Young Leaders Board is hosting their second annual Waffle for Wishes; Ryan Kalei Tsuji is a board member, Chef Marc Urquidi and Chef Jared Murakawa are with MW Restaurant.
The 2nd annual Waffles for Wishes event was held at The Ward Village IBM Courtyard on Sunday, June 26. Proceeds of the ticket sales went towards wish-granting for Hawai'i keiki.
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