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Funds raised for cancer prevention

Maui County Federal Credit Union representatives Bobbie Pagay, community relations specialist (from left); Denise Thayer, chief development and communications officer; and Gary Fukuroku, president and CEO, pose alongside Maui Health Foundation representatives Cassie Chavez, development manager, and Melinda Sweany, chief development officer, with the credit union’s check to support breast cancer prevention.

Maui County Federal Credit Union raised more than $8,000 in support of Maui Health Foundation’s Kokua for a Cause campaign.

The campaign supports breast cancer prevention for individuals on Maui by providing mammograms and biopsies for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, according to a news release.

One in eight women in the United States develops breast cancer, which is also the most common cancer affecting the women of Maui County, the news release said. In 2019 alone there were an estimated 1,280 new cases and 160 women who died of breast cancer throughout Hawaii.

Maui Health Foundation Chief Development Officer Melinda Sweany said that thanks to the credit union, “we will be able to provide 260 screenings or other vital, life-saving procedures to those who are most vulnerable.”

“We know it is a challenging time for our island community and we are beyond grateful for the MCFCU ‘ohana and all they have contributed to breast cancer awareness and prevention on Maui,” Sweany said.

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